New MyCAA Program Reopens

The new MyCAA program reopened yesterday.  I am sure the system is swamped (I can’t find out because I’m no longer eligible.)  If you are at all interested in this fantastic program, I suggest that you apply early and pursue it now before it changes again.

From the website, details include:

October 25, 2010: The MyCAA program is open to all eligible spouses under the new program guidelines below:

  • Spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member, or activated Reserve member in pay grades  E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2.

  • If the spouse of National Guard and/or AGR member, the sponsor must be on federal Title 10 active duty orders as reported in DEERS.

  • Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.

  • MyCAA accounts will be limited to the new $4,000 maximum benefit with a $2000 fiscal year cap. Waivers to the fiscal year cap will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or credentials with a cost that exceeds the $2,000 fiscal year cap up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.

  • Spouses must finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.

  • Funding is limited to only Associate’s degrees, credentials and licensure programs.

  • Please allow for 14 days for approval of all financial assistance documents.

I can’t wait to hear if it seems easier, or smoother, than before.  The website’s main page certainly looks a whole lot better!

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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.
  • April Hake

    BOOOOOO!!!!! E-6 spouses no longer get the MyCAA but OFFICERS’ wives do????? THAT A BUNCH OF CRAP!!!! I’ve been going to school and was planning on using the MyCAA after my personal GI Bill money was used up. But now because my husband has since made E6 I am no longer eligible!! That’s a bunch of crap!!!!

  • Kirsten

    Hi Kate,

    I saw your article on MyCAA and just wanted to let you know about another resource for military spouses interested in higher education.

    Immediately after MyCAA was suspended in March, Bryant & Stratton College launched its Salute to Spouses scholarship program to ensure that military spouses would have options so they wouldn’t have to forgo their education. Salute to Spouses provides up to $6,000 toward online degree programs at Bryant & Stratton College (since it is for online programs, spouses can stick with their program even if they relocate so there isn’t an interruption in their education).

    While MyCAA has been reinstated, Salute to Spouses is still available; however, it is worth noting that the scholarship can be applied toward online bachelor’s degree programs (unlike MyCAA) or combined with MyCAA toward online ************* degree programs at Bryant & Stratton College. Additionally, they aren’t limiting eligibility by pay grade (like MyCAA now does). The press release with more information is at the bottom of this email. Bryant & Stratton College is a regionally accredited career college that was founded over 150 years ago in Buffalo, NY. It now has 17 campuses in four states, as well as online programs.

    Bryant & Stratton College is still accepting applications for its Salute to Spouses scholarship program for military spouses. Details can be found at .

    Please let me know if you have any questions or would like more information.

    Many thanks!



  • JW

    No offense to anyone who wants an associate degree, or a certificate but I dont understand why we cant use the same amount of money to go towards our undergrade degree! its frustrating. It doesnt matter if they dont pay for all of it… some is better than none.

  • Kaleigh

    I’m having a SUPER hard time getting the MyCAA website to work on my computer. I’ve downloaded too many certificates to count..This is getting frustrating. Does anyone know what’s up?