Military Spouse Benefits & Scholarships
Thinking of going back to school but worried about financing it? Check out the various military scholarships and financial assistance available for military families.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
The MyCAA program is an initiative of the Department of Defense offering financial assistance to military spouses who would like to pursue a degree, license or credentials that leads to employment. MyCAA provides up to $4,000 to help fund the education of military spouses.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability
The Post-9/11 GI Bill offers generous education benefits to career service members. Additionally, these benefits are transferrable to the immediate family members. A service member’s unused education benefits can be passed on to his wife or his children providing he/she had at least six years in service and an obligation to serve four more.
State Provided Education Benefits
In addition to the benefits provided by the Department of Defense, different states may also offer education and financial assistance to military families. Check the website Military.com to see the general summary of the benefits that different states may offer.
Private Scholarships, Grants and Assistance
If you are keen to pursue a degree, do not limit yourself to the benefits provided by the government. There are several private entities that provide assistance to military spouses. The key is to do your research and be persistent and diligent when searching and applying for these grants.
Part of the benefits of being a military spouse is the availability of financial assistance or scholarships. It’s not easy being a military spouse. With the unexpected moves and lack of permanent residency, it can get challenging to get a traditional education or maintain a career. Fortunately, there are schools that offer career training programs online that can help you get ready for a job.
Online education institutions like Meditec offer career training programs that prepare students for jobs that are in demand. These in demand careers are “portable” because it doesn’t require a traditional office setting. Modern communication tools allow for a more flexible schedule and set up. Most of these jobs require just a computer and an internet connection, and you’re good to go.
In short, these are perfect for military spouses. Finishing your education or maintaining a job won’t be a burden anymore when you can take it with you wherever you go.
What does the MyCAA program pay for?
The MyCAA funding covers tuition expenses for education, training courses, and examinations which lead to an Associate’s Degree (except Associate’s Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration); licenses, certificates, or certifications at accredited colleges, universities, technical schools in the United States or approved testing organizations that increase employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.