5 Assumptions Military Spouses Make about MyCAA Schools

illustration groupThe Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program has been helping military spouses across the country fund their education for years. MyCAA funding pays for associates degrees and license and certificate programs, and it has been the seed for many rewarding careers.

With all of this success, it’s hard to believe that there are still a lot of misconceptions about the MyCAA program. We believe that all military spouses should know what MyCAA-approved schools can help them achieve, so let’s clear up a few misapprehensions and shed some light on the purpose of the MyCAA program.

Will MyCAA pay for general education courses?
Since the aim of the MyCAA program is to help military spouses work their way towards gainful employment, the program will not help pay for generic courses or degrees in subjects like liberal arts or general studies. The program requires participants to work their way toward a degree in a specific, job-oriented field, and that they do so over a period of no more than 3 years.

Will MyCAA pay for my school supplies?
Unfortunately, no. The MyCAA program covers the tuition costs and examination fees required by many training processes and certificate programs as long as they come from a MyCAA-approved school like Career Step. The costs associated with books, uniforms, special equipment, or other miscellaneous fees (really anything that’s not covered by tuition) must be covered by the student.  This also includes costs associated with parking fees, library privileges, or registration costs.

Will MyCAA cover living expenses (e.g. rent and transportation)?
Once you’ve been admitted to a MyCAA-approved school or course, MyCAA will pay up to $4000 toward your tuition. This does not, unfortunately, include payments for rent, dorm expenses, or travelling costs. In order to defray these costs, many military spouses choose a MyCAA-approved online school like Career Step rather than an on-campus program.

Aren’t all military spouses qualified for MyCAA?
Again, unfortunately, no. MyCAA funding is available to the spouses of active-duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2. The spouses of activated National Guard and Reserve members within those ranks are also eligible to take advantage of MyCAA funding.

Despite these limitations, the MyCAA program remains an incredible opportunity for those who take advantage of it. It exists to reward the sacrifice and dedication of the men and women whose spouses serve in the military by providing them with the opportunity to follow their dreams and achieve their goals.

Now that you know a bit more about the program, make sure that you use it to its fullest extent!

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