There is a New Update to MyCAA
The NDAA 21’ expands the Department of Defense MyCAA scholarship
MyCAA has been around since 2010, and there have been several changes along the way. From who can qualify for the program to what you can use MyCAA for. MyCAA, which stands for My Career Advancement Account, is a scholarship that provides military spouses with $4,000 to pursue their education. MyCAA is offered through the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.
The Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act expands the MyCAA scholarship. This update will allow military spouses to use MyCAA for national testing and certain continuing education credits. Military spouses will now be able to use MyCAA for continuing education credits and for national testing by the end of September.
“These latest additions to the MyCAA Scholarship provide even greater opportunities and increased flexibility for military spouses to meet their education requirements,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Patricia “Patty” Montes Barron. “This expansion will help clear a new path for military spouses to advance in their careers while contributing to the financial stability of their families.”
The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act also expanded the MyCAA by opening up the program so that military spouses can pursue any license, certification, or associate’s degree to pursue any occupation or career.
In order to qualify for the MyCAA program, military spouses will need to be married to a service member in the pay grades of either E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2.
Military spouses, school, and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) career coach will need to work together to define a clear career path for the military spouse. This plan is called an education and training plan and it will need to be completed in order to receive the funds from MyCAA.
MyCAA will give you up to $4,000 of tuition assistance for your education. However, this is broken up as $2,000 per year for two years.
You can read more about the MyCAA on our MyCAA page at CollegeRecon.
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Julie Provost is a freelance writer, blogger, and owner of Soldier's Wife, Crazy Life, a support blog for military spouses. She lives in Tennessee with her National Guard husband and three boys.