Spouse Tuition Assistance
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
program provides up to $6,000 of Financial Assistance for
military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses
or credentials leading to employment in portable career
Spouses of Active Duty servicemembers of the Department of
Defense and activated members of the National Guard and
Reserve Components are eligible.
The period of eligibility for spouses of Guard and Reserve
members is from the date of the Alert or Warning Order for
Military Recall or Mobilization, through activation and
deployment until 180 days following De-Mobilization. Spouses
of the severely injured, ill, wounded, killed in action
(KIA), prisoners of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA) are
Note: Military spouses who are legally separated by state
law or court order are ineligible. Spouses who are Active
Duty members or activated Guard or Reserve members
themselves are ineligible. Public Law 110-417 Sec 582 also
does not include Coast Guard spouses.
The MyCAA Benefit Details
MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) pays for education and
training programs, tuition, and licensing/ credentialing
fees. This includes degree programs (e.g. associates,
bachelors, masters, doctoral and post doctoral), continuing
education classes (including those offered through
professional associations), Bar, CPA and other similar
exams, and state certifications for teachers, medical
professionals and other licensed occupations. If the cost of
a course includes books, supplies or equipment necessary for
the performance of the spouse’s chosen occupation (e.g.
cosmetology or masonry tools, electrician operations manual,
etc.), MyCAA will pay these costs if not billed separately.
Spouses must demonstrate that referrals are not available to
free, federally funded English As A Second Language (ESL),
High School completion programs and GED Classes/Tests, in
order to receive MyCAA Financial Assistance to cover these
important, baseline education expenses.
Costs for these programs must be reasonable. More
- MyCAA does not pay for education and training programs
that include computers (CPUs or laptops); application,
graduation or membership fees; student activity cards; child
care; parking; transportation; or medical services.
• If a spouse enrolls in a course without an approved MyCAA
Financial Assistance (FA) document, the spouse will be
responsible for paying course costs.
- MyCAA does not provide reimbursements of any kind to
spouses for any reason.
- MyCAA FA payments are made directly to schools using
MyCAA’s electronic invoicing system. As A Second Language
(ESL) Classes and GED Classes and Testing Programs.
- Unfortunately, Coast Guard spouses are not covered by the MyCAA Spouse Employment congressional mandate: PL 110-417
Sec 582. Coast Guard is a part of the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), not the Department of Defense.
The MyCAA Application Process
spouse can apply for MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA)
after creating a MyCAA Career and Training Plan.
- • A Career and Training Plan includes the spouse’s
chosen career field, name of school and course
information (course titles, codes, costs and start/end
dates). If incorrect information is provided, the MyCAA
Financial Assistance (FA) request will be rejected
during the school invoicing process. The spouse will
then be responsible for paying course costs.
- FA requests are initiated each time the spouse adds
specific course start/end dates that begin within the
next 90 days.
- Spouses MUST select the correct school name/campus
location and input correct course information into their
Career and Training Plan to prevent billing problems.
This information should be validated by school officials
prior to the spouse requesting MyCAA Financial
- Career and Training Plans may be edited (e.g. courses
may be changed or dropped) up to ten days prior to the
start date of a course. At that point, the Plan will be
approved and locked for billing purposes to guarantee
the spouse a seat in the class. Courses may be added up
until 7 days past course start dates.
- Data in the Career and Training Plan is used to
validate school bills for payment purposes. Approved
courses may be billed by the school at or below stated
costs. Schools may charge penalty fees, partial or full
course costs for dropped courses according to their
published Drop/Add policies. Spouses need to be familiar
with these school policies.
Eligible spouses can establish a MyCAA Account by visiting
the MyCAA website ~
Setting up an account is an easy 7-step process. Once spouse
profile information is provided, MyCAA will verify spouse
eligibility. If there are eligibility problems, MyCAA will
provide guidance on how to resolve related issues. Eligible
spouses will be allowed to move forward to create their
Career and Training Plan and request Financial Assistance
(FA) when they are within 90 days of course start dates. As
a separate requirement, spouses are responsible for applying
to their selected school or program and enrolling in each
course included in their established Career and Training