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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Christine C

    Wow! Thanks to the poster for all of that. I guess those of us who have used some of our funds shouldn’t get our hopes up about getting the rest of our money for school since we were not “guaranteed” the full 6000 to start off with according to what Shanaghan states.

  • R

    This all proves “the government giveth and the government taketh away”. It usually happens in August, that’s in August. The government almost always takeths away on my birthday. I am glad we finally have the real story. I had almost 3,000 left. It was enough to finish my ATA. Now I can probably never be able to finish. PCS also cometh. I only had 5 classes left, and I could have finished the last classes online.

  • Cynthia S.

    WOW! At least now I have a little insight to what is really going on here. How could they not know that military spouses would take advantage of this by going to school and trying to get a job that might be portable. We accomodate our spouses schedule and this was a way for us to get eduated and perhaps get a portable job. Thank you for giving me a little insight into what really happened with MyCAA.

  • Judith T.

    Great article this person was brave in stepping up and getting ahold of someone.

    A true evaluation of this program could be done without discontinuing the program altogether and I think it would be more beneficial by not pausing the program. It does more harm to those they started to help and are now discontinuing coverage for. The program’s objective is to assist spouses in getting degrees/certificates and getting them into portable careers. They are cutting many of us off just when we were about to enter the job market. I for one was relying on the last of my 3000 dollars to cover my last semester, in the summer, especially after recently PCSing and now being without a job. I now find myself scrambling to find a way to pay for my last semester or risk not finishing right now. Its irresponsible on their part and just ‘piss-poor planning’ in my book. I have been trying to finish this degree for over 6 years now because of all our moves. This program was a blessing when it came around and I know I’m not the only one in that boat but hopefully they realize they are directly acting in opposition of the MyCAA objectives and this “review” does not last too long.

  • J

    Thanks for the info. I am currently taking a class and will need to get an extension. I hope that MYCAA pays for the extension.

  • Kate,

    Thanks for staying ‘all over’ this issue! I am taking four classes through MyCAA personally and I encouraged so many of my listeners and readers to do the same.

    If they do not honor the obligation to pay for the currently approved courses – well, this will be an amazing financial hardship for many, many military families. It will also result in, again, military spouses having another unfinished attempt at building a carreer path.

    At a time when so much is asked of military spouses, the renewed push for Family Readiness, this failure to honor the obligations made/inferred by our account pages, well, the fall out will be substantial on many levels.

  • Alesha Hoopes

    I too am in the my CAA program. I have used most of my funds, except for $2400 which had already been approved. I did contact MyCAA and got very good results. They said that they are taking up to 45 days to pay to anyone who had a FA Approval message sent to their MyCAA inbox before February 16, 2010. They also stated that since the program was not in the process of approving vouchers at this time, the representative, Carmen Williams, gave me several alternate funding websites to look at. She gave me the payment ID numbers for future reference and a number that the school could call to find out the status of funds as well. This was the first good experience that I have had with a representative there, but it was nice to get my information from one person!

  • Curtiss

    The program is back online…


    If you already had an account, your good to go, but if you are still trying to obtain an account, your probably going to be waiting for a while…

  • Curtiss makes a good point – if you aren’t keeping up with the latest news, all the most up-to-date MyCAA information can be found by clicking on the MyCAA category at the top left of this page. The direct link to the category page is https://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/category/

    Great news for people who were previously enrolled, and hopefully they will figure something out for everyone else.