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Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

Military OneSource Career and Education counselors will have a much more active role in supporting military spouses. In addition to understanding resources available via DoD’s financial aid support, they will provide support and assistance to identify and gain access to other federal, state and local programs. All military spouses of active duty service members will be eligible for career counseling and support.

With a focus on the original intent of the program, the Defense Department’s financial assistance program will:

  • Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.
  • Offer a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.
  • Require military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.
  • Be limited to associate degrees, certification and licensures.

National Guard and Reserve members must be on active duty for their spouses to receive the MyCAA benefit. Spouses may no longer use the MyCAA benefit when the service member is in an alert or demobilization period.

Military spouses are the backbone for military families, displaying strength of character to be admired by this nation. The Department of Defense remains committed to investing in military families, and appreciates the sacrifice of those who also serve.

How do I get started with MyCAA?
Military spouses wishing to use MyCAA to fund their education should contact a Military OneSource Career/Education Consultant at 1-800-342-9647 to determine if their desired program is eligible for financial assistance.Once courses have been approved, students should apply for admission and complete orientation and course registration through the electronic campus.  If you need assistance with Vincennes University's online enrollment process, contact Distance Education at 1-800-880-7961 or email us at disted@vinu.edu.