This is a federal government funded education program that will pay the tuition for training courses, education, professional certifications, credentials, licenses, classes, college, and more for military spouses.
The program provides applicants with cash grants of up to $6,000. This grants are part of the Department of Defense's Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MYCAA). The financial grant program was created to help spouses of military personnel find better jobs, since frequent moves by military families often hamper their careers and it can limit their professional growth and opportunities.
The (MyCAA) program provides a lifetime cash benefit of up to $6,000 of educational grants and financial assistance (FA) for spouses of military members. It does not fund all costs, but the funds can be used to pay for various licenses, certificates, degree programs, credentials or any other type of training that can lead to employment in so called portable career fields.
Grants and Financial Assistance will need to be be approved by MyCAA and the funds are provided directly to schools and professional organizations on a course-by-course basis. Spouses will be responsible for paying all expenses that are associated with their Career and Training Plan that are above the MyCAA lifetime benefit of $6,000. In addition, applicants and spouses will need to work directly with their school officials and follow appropriate school and MyCAA enrollment and other financial assistance procedures and obligations.
Combine the aid you receive
One of the primary benefits of this program is that MYCAA can be combined with other federal government financial assistance programs and private scholarships. Note that however neither schools or spouses can use two sources of federal government funding or programs to pay for the same course or exam. But they can be combined to pay for general tuition or other class work.
It covers a wide ranging amount and type of expenses. Grants can be used to pay for state certifications for medical professionals and teachers, money can be used to reimburse for other occupations requiring recognized certifications; money is available for licensing exams and related prep courses; apply for grants for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes including those courses and classes that offered through professional associations and other groups; degree programs that can lead to employment in Portable Career Fields, and Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program will also pay for High School Completion courses, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, and GED tests.
In order to qualify for this government financial assistance program, an applicant needs to be the spouse of a DoD Active Duty member or a spouse of an activated member of the National Guard and Reserve who is on Title 10 orders. Unfortunately military spouses who are legally separated under court order or statute are ineligible for the program. In addition, spouses who are Active Duty or activated Guard or Reserve members themselves are ineligible. Also spouses of Coast Guard personnel are ineligible. To learn more or to apply, visit the site at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa
Even after receiving educational and job training assistance, you may still need help finding a job. The Department of Defense may be able to help with that as well. The government is now developing extensive networks of military friendly employers and businesses across the nation who want to place military spouses in paid internships, hire military personnel and their families and help them find better jobs at higher salaries and retain them as they relocate. These support networks are still being established, and the MYCAA program can refer people to these opportunities.
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