Myths and misconceptions about the MyCAA program abound. These questions could be holding you back from taking advantage of benefits that can improve your life now, and well into the future. Read on below for some useful information about the MyCAA program as well as the most common questions we get asked about it.
An employment assistance and career development program, MyCAA is an acronym for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program. Sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD), MyCAA helps the spouses of military personnel pay for higher education. Some of the choices participants have available to them include certificates, licenses, certifications and Associate’s degrees.
How to Qualify for the MyCAA
It has been our experience that many spouses think they are ineligible to receive MyCAA. Many more people are qualified than they think, and the qualifications are quite easy to understand. If you are the spouse of a service member who is on active duty, and who is in the E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 pay grades, it is likely that you qualify. Additionally, you must be able to both start, and complete, the necessary coursework while your spouse is on Title 10 military orders. If your spouse is a member of the National Guard and Reserve Components, and within this same pay grade, you also qualify.
Getting Started With MyCAA
Opening an account, and getting started with MyCAA is simple and quick. Begin by visiting the MyCAA Spouse Portal and provide the requested information. A DEERS check, performed in real-time, will be used to verify your eligibility to have access to the MyCAA program. Once you are found eligible, you will be walked through the steps so that you can open a MyCAA account. If you are deemed ineligible, you will find further guidance available to you as well.
It is important that you plan for the financing of your education carefully. If you do not use all of your allocated MyCAA funds within three years of when your first course began, you forfeit that money. In addition, all of your coursework must be completed within three years.
Courses and Programs Accepted by MyCAA
With more than 3,000 schools participating in the MyCAA program, the chances are very good that you will be able to find courses and programs in your chosen field that are accepted by MyCAA. Although you might be able to attend a school that is not currently participating in MyCAA, the process to bring schools on board could be as long as 60 days. If you are eager to get started, find a participating school in your chosen career or area here.
Taking advantage of the many benefits of the MyCAA program can reap rewards for you now, and well into the future. We offer help and resources along the way so that you are set up for success from the very beginning of your educational career.