Are you the spouse of an active duty service member? You may be eligible for no-cost education through the Department of Defense's (DoD) Military Career Advancement Account program - MyCAA. The MyCAA program provides eligible spouses with up to $4,000 in financial assistance towards their education.
The MyCAA program covers the costs of associate degree programs and career training that leads to licensing, certifications and/or credentials in high-demand and high-growth industries. For example, a military spouse can use their MyCAA financial assistance to pursue pharmacy technician training, and upon successful completion of the course, be prepared to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.
There is a yearly cap on the available funds of $2,000. Additionally, military spouses must finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.
If you're interested in learning more about the MyCAA program, there are certain eligibility requirements you will need to meet. First, you must be the spouse of an active-duty service member or an activated member of the National Guard Reserves. Second, your active duty spouse will need to fall into pay grades E-1-E-5, W1-W2 and O1-O2. If you have questions, Military One Source is a good resource. Visit their Web site at www.militaryonesource.mil.
To officially confirm your eligibility for the MyCAA program, start by opening up a MyCAA account by visiting the online MyCAA portal Web site. Once your spouse's DEERS benefit eligibility has been verified and approved, you can create your Career and Training plan. This plan involves identifying a career path, selecting a school or vocational program and outlining the courses you will need to take in order to meet your career goals. Your Career and Training plan will need be approved prior to receiving your funds.
There are certain education costs that may not be covered under MyCAA. Here is a list of things that may not be covered:
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