Infographic: MyCAA Education Funding Quick Reference

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Being “married to the military” brings a unique set of challenges, but luckily there are a variety of unique resources available to help.

At Career Step we’ve helped over 11,000 military spouses over the years, and through that experience we have become very familiar with the MyCAA funding program. This program is a great opportunity that many military spouses aren’t even aware of! So, we’ve put together a video and an infographic! ☺

Our MyCAA video and infographic are meant to be quick reference tools that answer basic questions about MyCAA including why the program exists, who is eligible, and what it pays for. Know someone who might qualify for this funding program? Share our video or infographic and give them all the details!

Pin, post, share, or tweet our “MyCAA Education Funding” video and infographic and let military spouses everywhere know about this incredible opportunity!

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  1. Javia Hayes November 06, 2013

    im trying to use my mycaa for school next month

  2. Career Step November 06, 2013

    Hi Javia,

    If you need any help using MyCAA funding for a Career Step program, please contact one of our military-specific Academic Advisors at 1-855-261-7366.

    Best of luck!

  3. Sylvia Alvarado November 09, 2013

    How do I found out how much left do I have in my account , if I done a course in the pass

  4. alexander November 12, 2013

    am an E6 is that means my wife is not eligible for MYCAA

  5. Career Step November 12, 2013

    Hi Sylvia,

    You can login to your account at and should be able to see how much you have remaining. You can also contact Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647 and one of their advisors should be able to look up your account.

    Best of luck!

  6. Haner January 22, 2014

    I need an extension on my course and its 150$ and I was wondering will mycca cover that or do I have to pay?

  7. Career Step January 23, 2014

    Hi Haner,

    In most instances MyCAA will not cover course extensions. However, if there are extenuating circumstances they may pay for it. You can reach Military OneSource (the organization that oversees the MyCAA program) at 1-800-342-9647 if you would like to discuss your specific situation with them.

    Best wishes!

  8. miya January 26, 2014

    I am a spouse of active army and we are now staying in Overseas. Am I qualified for MYCAA? If so, how can I start applying for it?

  9. Career Step January 27, 2014

    Hi Miya,

    Yes, even though you’re overseas you are still eligible for MyCAA if you meet the other qualifications. If you’d like to use your MyCAA funding with a Career Step program our Academic Advisors can walk you through the entire application process. You can reach them directly at 1-855-261-7366 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

    If you’d like to use MyCAA funding for another school, you can reach Military OneSource (the organization that oversees the MyCAA program) at 1-800-342-9647 or find more information about MyCAA online at

    Best wishes!

  10. Julia Metler February 01, 2014

    My husband is an E5 but he’s Air Force Guard. Does that mean that I’m not eligible?

  11. Career Step February 03, 2014

    Hi Julia,

    If you’re husband is on Title 10 orders than you would be eligible as your spouse has to be active duty in order to qualify.

    Hope that helps!

  12. Autum February 06, 2014

    I was wondering if I could use the remainder of my 4000$ grant after my school is paid for? Am I allowed to take the remainder out and put it into my bank account? I need to pay for scrubs and a background check out of pocket, since I had left over money I thought it would be easier to use that.

  13. Career Step February 06, 2014

    Hi Autum,

    In our experience with MyCAA, money is never transferred directly to the military spouse, only the educational institutions, and the funds can only be used to cover tuition. However, Military OneSource (the organization that oversees the MyCAA program) would be the ones to give you the most definitive answer on that one. You can reach them directly at 1-800-342-9647.

    Good luck as you’re starting your career!

  14. Abby February 11, 2014

    I have used MyCaa once before and completed the Medical Administrative Assistant program. I am wondering if I can use MyCaa again for another program?

  15. Career Step February 11, 2014

    Hi Abby,

    Yes, as long as you’re still within the 2 year period from when you first started using MyCAA you can use any additional funds for a second program. Our military Academic Advisors would be happy to help you take care of that—you can reach them at 1-855-261-7366.

    Best wishes!

  16. Mallory February 20, 2014

    Hi, I was wondering if MYCAA would assist in eyelash extension training (online)

  17. Career Step February 21, 2014

    Hi Mallory,

    We’re a school approved for MyCAA funding, not the actual organization that oversees MyCAA so we don’t have a comprehensive list of everything that’s approved for funding. We don’t offer that type of course, but Military OneSource (the organization that does oversees MyCAA) would be able to provide you a definitive answer on whether that type of training is ever covered. You can reach them at 1-800-342-9647.

    Best of luck!

  18. dora March 20, 2014

    If I wasn’t able to finish the course, do I have to pay for the tuition?

  19. Career Step March 20, 2014

    Hi Dora,

    If you used MyCAA funding and were unable to finish the course, you will not be required to repay the tuition to the MyCAA program.

    Hope that helps!

  20. Megan June 06, 2014

    This might be the same question at dora but if I am coming on the 3 year deadline and I am not going to get my course finished, What will happen? Will I have to pay MyCAA back? If I get an extension, can I still try to finish the course?

  21. alex.jenkins June 06, 2014


    You will not need to pay the money back to MYCAA. However, you may not be able to use any remaining balance on your MYCAA scholarship because it has been three years. You can definitely purchase an extension to complete your course. You get 6 months from your expiration date to purchase an extension.

    If you have any questions or want to purchase an extension, please give us a call at 1-888-657-5752 option 2.

  22. Chelsie June 22, 2014

    How do I apply for the scholarship?

  23. Career Step June 23, 2014

    Hi Chelsie,

    For more information on applying for and using MyCAA funding for a Career Step program, please contact our Academic Advisors at 1-855-261-7366.

    You can find information about the MyCAA program in general at

    Best wishes!

  24. Kendra September 03, 2014

    my husbands re-enlistment date is in October. Do I have to wait until he has re-enlisted to apply and qualify for mycaa?

  25. Career Step September 04, 2014

    Hi Kendra,

    Yes, you generally will need to wait until your husband’s re-enlistment date. Looking at our records it looks like you’ve already talked to our Academic Advisors about this, but if anyone else has questions you can always reach us at 1-855-261-7366.

    Best wishes!

  26. Angi September 22, 2014

    My husband just retired in November 2013, Army.  Am I eligible for MyCAA program, and if not, can you suggest any other free schooling programs that I am eligible for?  Thank you

  27. Career Step September 29, 2014

    Hi Angi,

    Unfortunately only those who are active duty qualify for the MyCAA program. We’re unaware of any similar programs for spouses of retired military personnel—however, we recommend checking with Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 as they may be aware of something.

    Best wishes!

  28. Ann October 05, 2014

    My daughter is married to an E3 in the Army, unfortunately they will be getting a divorce sometime in the near future, would she be eligible to receive MyCAA even though they are in the process of divorce? And is there a time limit after the divorce that she would still be eligible for it? Thank you.

  29. amy.kendall October 06, 2014

    Hi Ann,

    Unfortunately, spouses who are legally separated or divorced are not eligible for MyCAA funding. For more information, please visit

    Best wishes!

  30. Susan Pullan December 01, 2014

    How do I find out if I can use mycaa at a particular school? I have to transfer and don’t want to waste time looking at school that I am unable to use the rest of my funding at.

  31. Career Step December 08, 2014

    Hi Susan,

    Your best bet is to contact Military OneSource (the organization that oversees the MyCAA program). You can reach them directly at 800-342-9647.

    Best wishes!

  32. Mel December 27, 2014

    Can you explain to my why only certain ranks E1-E5, W-1-W-2, and O-1-O2 are the only ranks consider for the free assistance?  My husband is an E7 and with 2 kids, myself not working (haven’t worked in over 10 years due to living overseas, childcare issues, etc), still paying on student loans (BS in Accounting), financial it is impossible for me to go back to school (I don’t want more student loans either). I am not having any luck in finding a job in my degree because I lack experience.  Hoping by having current schooling may help me get my “foot in the door.”

  33. Career Step December 29, 2014

    Hi Mel,

    Unfortunately, the Department of Defense has set those rank restrictions. We’re just a school that’s programs are approved for the funding program, and we have no say in the program’s restrictions—we wish you could take advantage of the program too! If you’d like more information on the reasoning behind the rank restrictions, you can contact Military OneSource—the organization that oversees the MyCAA program—directly at 1-800-342-9647.

    We do have military tuition discounts that you would qualify for. You can find more information about them at

    Best wishes!

  34. Lindsey March 30, 2015

    My husbands separates from the Military in a few weeks, am I still eligible to receive MyCAA benefies?

  35. Career Step March 31, 2015

    Hi Lindsey,

    Unfortunately, your spouse must be active duty for the duration of your training program. As Career Step’s programs are 6 months or 12 months long, you would not be eligible to use MyCAA funds for our training.

    However, we do offer military tuition discounts ( and military scholarships ( that you would be eligible for.

    Best wishes!

  36. Meeda April 02, 2015

    I noticed that a spouse qualify if the member is E1 to E5.  What if the member is between E6 through E9 but the member is still active duty?

  37. Career Step April 06, 2015

    Hi Meeda,

    If your spouse is E6-E9 you would unfortunately not qualify for MyCAA funding. We wish these spouses qualified too! But we’re just an approved school and the Department of Defense sets the policies on who qualifies for the funding. Until the DOD changes the policy, the best we can do is offer military tuition discounts ( and military scholarships (

    You may also be able to find additional funding sources through Military OneSource. You can reach them directly at 1-800-342-9647.

    Best wishes!

  38. Carolyn Nguyen April 28, 2015

    My husband is current E5 (Army). He will get promote soon. Can I qualify for mycaa? if my husband get promote.Can I still qualify during my certificate program.? I plan go for hairdressing program. Thanks.

  39. Career Step April 29, 2015

    Hi Carolyn,

    As long as you apply before your husband is promoted you shouldn’t have any problem qualifying. You’ll definitely want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible though.

    Best wishes!

  40. Eva May 09, 2015

    What if I start courses and then in 6 months my husband gets medically discharged, will I still be able to finish my schooling ?

  41. Career Step May 11, 2015

    Hi Eva,

    Yes, as long as you’ve already started you will be able to finish.

    Best wishes!

  42. Rachel May 23, 2015

    I was married to active duty before and used mycca. I am now divorced and will be marrying soon to someone who is going to be active duty. Will I qualify again for the grant… Or is it once in a lifetime.

  43. Career Step May 26, 2015

    Hi Rachel,

    Unfortunately, the MyCAA grant is just a once in a lifetime deal.

    Sorry we don’t have better news! Best of luck!

  44. Paula Lewis June 09, 2015

    I believe I have already used all my money from MyCAA, are there other programs that will help spouse or since my husband re-enlisted by any chance would I get MyCAA funding again?? Thanks

  45. Career Step June 10, 2015

    Hi Paula,

    Unfortunately, MyCAA is a once in a lifetime deal so you will not receive additional funds. There are other options for military spouses though MyCAA is the one we are more familiar with. For other options, we recommend that you contact Military OneSource as they may be able to point you in the right direction. You can reach them direction at 1-800-342-9647.

    Best of luck!

  46. Anna June 15, 2015

    Does myCAA work for Air Force reserves? Im not a military spouse yet, but at the end of June I will be…now with that being said can I apply after we get married, or do I have to wait untill I get a military ID?

  47. Hi Anna!
    If your spouse is on title 10 orders (considered active) then you would qualify for the funding. Do you know if he will be on active status?

  48. Andrea October 04, 2015

    Is it still true that if you fail or don’t complete the course, you won’t have to pay MyCAA back? I heard that this used to be the case but the rules had changed.

  49. Career Step October 05, 2015

    Hi Andrea,

    If you fail or don’t complete the course, you do not have to pay MyCAA back.

    Best wishes!

  50. Krystin October 30, 2015

    I was told by my acedemic advisor that if my husband were to be discharged after I’ve already enrolled and have started taking classes that it would not affect me. Is this true or will I no longer be able to finish the coirse I started? I really need this now.

  51. Career Step November 03, 2015

    Hi Krystin,

    What your Academic Advisor told you is accurate. If you’ve already enrolled you may complete the course.

    Best wishes!

  52. tyler December 13, 2015

    I am working hard to finish my certificate, if I do not finish in time do I have to pay back the tuition cost?

  53. Career Step December 14, 2015

    Hi Tyler,

    You will not have to pay back the cost of your tuition if you are unable to finish your program on time. There are also extensions available so you can still finish your course if you need more time.

    Best Wishes!

  54. Christine Arold April 16, 2016

    I am married to a US Army soldier, but I am not a US Citizen. Do I have to be a US Citizen to apply for this program?

    HI Christine,
    Thank you for your question! In order to apply for a Career Step program a social security number is required.

    Best wishes!

  55. Xiaoxue Tang June 20, 2016

    Hi, this is Xiaoxue, I have checked the program list online, but I didn’t find some programs referring to the English program because English is my second language. So I wonder if there is any of it. Thanks

  56. Career Step June 22, 2016

    Hi Xiaoxue,
    We actually don’t offer an English program. All of our courses assume students are completely fluent in English. Best of luck!

  57. Marissa September 10, 2016

    Hi, I was wondering if mycaa would cover a trade school to get further education in my field. I was looking into classes for eyelash extensions and/or microblading? Is there a way I could get any of these costs funded for me through the grant? Thanks

  58. Jungyoun September 27, 2016

    Hello! My husband is air force active duty. And he is E6 now. He put E6 few months ago. And i just found out Mycaa. I can’t use Mycaa program? Because he is E6 ? Is it right? :( Thanks.

  59. Career Step September 28, 2016

    Hi Jungyoun,
    We wish those E6 and above ranks qualified too! :( Unfortunately the Department of Defense sets the eligibility requirements, and as just a school approved for the funding we have no influence over those decisions. Until the DOD changes its policy, the best we can do is offer generous military tuition discounts through one of our academic partners. With this partnership, you can save 90% off our normal tuition and train for as little as $180. Visit for more details. Hopefully that helps and best wishes!

  60. DEBBIE BALL October 01, 2016

    I wish this program was for spouses (widow) of retirees as well.  Widowed at 56 and still need to work full time.

  61. Career Step October 05, 2016

    Hi Debbie,
    We have great news for you! We offer special military tuition discounts and tuition assistance for military spouses of veterans. Check out this link to learn more:

    Hope this helps!

  62. Jay February 02, 2017

    Is this benefit available to be used for flight training?  If so, what are the restrictions if any.

  63. Career Step February 02, 2017

    Hi Jay,
    We would suggest contacting MyCAA directly for information regarding your question.

    Best wishes!



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