The Ins & Outs of the MyCAA Scholarship for Military Spouses
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The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a scholarship for military spouses. The Department of Defense disperses this scholarship to qualifying military spouses in need of funding for licenses, certificates and degrees in portable career fields.
The maximum amount MyCAA disperses to a recipient is $4,000. This amount will cover the cost of most MedCerts programs, which is a MyCAA-approved school. The initial amount the program will disperse is $2,000. If upfront costs are more than $2,000, the military spouse can obtain a waiver to receive the maximum of $4,000 upfront.
MyCAA Eligibility Requirements
The MyCAA Scholarship has a few basic requirements military spouses must meet to be eligible:
A military spouse must be married to an active duty service member in one of these branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or National Guard on Title 10 orders.
The service member sponsor must be in one of these pay grades: E - 1 to E - 5, W - 1 to W - 2 or O - 1 to O - 2.
The military spouse is required to complete the coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders as reported in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).
What Expenses Will MyCAA Cover?
The MyCAA Scholarship will help cover the costs of many types of training and education courses. The following list is not comprehensive but contains some general courses MyCAA will cover:
Education, training and examinations for most associate degrees
Cost of licenses from an accredited college, university or technical school
Cost of certifications from an accredited college, university or technical school
Cost of license or certification from an approved testing center
MedCerts Eligible Programs
MedCerts offers approved certifications in the Healthcare and Information Technology (IT) industries. Basic requirements for many of the MedCerts certifications include:
A high school diploma or GED
Web browser with internet connection
Course registration and payment
MedCerts programs are a great fit for military spouses because they are focused on high-demand industries and the majority of the careers they lead to are portable, to fit a military lifestyle.
There’s a common misconception that applying for MyCAA is a difficult process. But nothing could be further from the truth. Any military spouse that meets the eligibility requirements can quickly apply for MyCAA.
In fact, the application process can be completed in five easy steps:
Go to the MyCAA Spouse Portal.
Fill out the Spouse Profile information. DEERS will quickly check eligibility in real-time.
Once eligibility is established, the military spouse will be able to create a MyCAA account.
Choose an approved program.
Create an Education Training Plan (ETP) with a career counselor.
MyCAA and MedCerts
MyCAA can provide a military spouse with the funds to pursue a new career. Healthcare and IT careers are in high demand and MedCerts is helping to meet that demand. Since 2009, they’ve helped over 10,000 military spouses start careers using MyCAA.