The following information was obtained directly from the Military One Source Website (www.militaryonesource.com)
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), is a career development and employment assistance program sustained through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program. MyCAA assists military spouses in pursuing licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for gainful employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.
As part of the Career Lifecycle, all military spouses are offered counseling to assist with the following:
Career Exploration: Military OneSource (MOS) education and career counselors help spouses explore all career options with tools like career assessments, interest and skills inventories, portable career statistics and earning potential metrics.
Education and Training: Spouses work with counselors to create a plan of action that considers financial aid options, education and training program resources, credential/license information and, for eligible spouses, MyCAA. MyCAA provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses who need professional credentials to meet their portable career goals. Annual cap waivers are available for licensure and certificate programs if there is an up front tuition cost that exceeds $2,000 (up to the maximum education benefit of $4,000).
Career Readiness: Counselors help spouses perfect their resumes and hone their interviewing skills. They also cover job search techniques, relocation planning and flex-work options.
Career Connections: Counselors help spouses get the right job in the right career by leveraging existing relationships and resources such as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), USAJobs.gov and CareerOneStop.com.
Who is eligible for MyCAA Financial Assistance?
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their course work while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and Reserve Components in these same pay grades.
Those who are not eligible include:
What will MyCAA pay for?
Tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration), license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university, or technical school in the United States, or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.
MyCAA will NOT pay for the following:
How can you establish a MyCAA account? Visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa. Provide required spouse profile information. A real-time DEERS eligibility check will confirm if you meet MyCAA eligibility requirements, so you can move forward and establish your MyCAA account. Those who do not pass this check will be provided additional guidance.
How can you provide MyCAA with feedback? Visit MyCAAFeedback@militaryonesource.com to send MyCAA your ideas and recommendations. Visit Contact Us (https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa) to provide information about your MyCAA program experience once you have found gainful employment.
How can you get additional information or assistance? Call 1-800-342-9647 to speak with a MyCAA career and education consultant, or, if you already have an established MyCAA account, use your message box as the fastest way to receive information and assistance. Counselors at Military OneSource Spouse Career Center (MyCAA) are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ET.
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