From the Mouth of Secretary Gates: MyCAA News

On May 8th, Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates spoke at a Town Hall meeting at Fort Riley, Kansas.  The official transcript from that meeting can be found at the News Transcript of the event.

The first question asked of Secretary Gates was about the MyCAA situation.  He talks a bit about the success of the program, then states:

“So we’ve been looking at the program.  And I would tell you that I’m going to have a couple more meetings on it this week, this coming week.  But within the next week or two, I expect we will be able to reopen the program to new applicants.  And we are looking at a budget somewhere on the order of $500 million to — and we’re going — we’re going to have to do some things in terms of some caps and some limits, to be able to help as many people as possible.  But I expect within the next two weeks we’ll reopen the program, with a substantial increase in the funding.”

This is definitely the closest thing to a real answer about a restart that I have heard yet. I will be sure to look for a new announcement every day, and let you know as soon as I hear something.

Good news!

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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.
  • Cynthia Brisby


    I had never heard of MyCAA, until I read the article today. Sounds like exciting news, but I would appreciate it if you could explain the program and the benefits that it offers.



  • Ann Anderson

    …me too. What is it?

  • Jessica

    The MyCAA program through Military OneSource provides up to $6,000 in tuition assistance for eligible military spouses.

  • Kristine Sease

    I would like to participate in this program for medical coding and billing. I have been unemployed for 10 months and have had very little success in finding anything. Please contact me or put me on your program list.

  • Karen Walton

    Please let me know if you hear anything else about the program. I am very interested in funds for school. I am scheduled to start school in august and can use all the funds i can get.

  • Sally Anderson

    This grant is an awesome opportunity for any military spouse looking to start or finish school, in certain “needed” and “growing” areas! I was lucky enough to find the $6,000 MyCAA Grant last year, and it’s been a blessing these last few semesters! Keep your eyes peeled for when it will become available again!

  • Dina

    That’s awesome for those whose spouses are a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines! What about those of us married to our Heros in the Coast Guard? Our loved ones serve too!

  • If you are a spouse of a Coast guard member who is deployed with a Navy unit then you will be eligible for the Grant. Keep in mind that this Grant is a blessing however, in most cases you will need to have some type of other finance option in place.