One of the reasons high school graduates consider enlisting in the military is to receive college education benefits. These same college benefits are extended to military spouses. They can also take advantage of tuition assistance and other programs offered by colleges and universities. So whether you’re just starting out or looking to further your education, consider the following college benefits available to military spouses.
MyCAA Scholarship Program
The MyCAA Scholarship Program provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in high-demand, portable career fields. This program is sponsored by the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.
With the MyCAA Scholarship, military spouses can receive the education and training they need to enter into high-demand occupations that offer portability and career advancement opportunities.
- Married to an active duty service member in paygrades E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2
- Able to start and complete the coursework while spouse is on Title 10 orders.
- Create an account on the MyCAA website and submit a Career and Education Plan.
- Begin the online application process.
- Upon completion of the application, MyCAA will review the information provided and determine whether the applicant is eligible for the scholarship.
- If approved, spouses will then have access to the MyCAA portal where they can begin searching for schools and courses that fit their career goals.
Military Spouse Assistance Program
Military spouses can also receive educational benefits through assistance programs. Every branch of the military has its own assistance program, so look into the one that is specific to your branch.
Some great examples of these programs are:
- Army Emergency Relief Spouse Education Assistance Program (AER)
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Education Assistance Program (NMCRS)
- Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Supplemental Education Grant (CGMA)
These branches of service offer different assistance usually on a need-case basis. The grants or loans can range from $500 to $3000 depending on eligibility and need.
Military Spouse Scholarship Program
Military spouses can also apply for financial aid from different organizations. These organizations grant scholarships on a per-need basis and applicants must pass an application process to qualify. Some of the best ones are:
- The National Military Family Association Scholarship
- The Modern Military Association of America Military Spouse Scholarship
- ThanksUSA Scholarship
Scholarship grants can range from $500 to $5,000 and can be used for various educational purposes. Spouses can pursue technical degrees, certifications, licenses, and higher education. Some programs provide reimbursements for education expenses.
Pursuing College Education with the Military’s Help
Military spouses have a lot to offer the workforce, and with the right support, they can continue their education and achieve their career goals. There are many scholarship and assistance programs available to help military spouses get started on their path to college.
We hope this article has helped you learn more about the college benefits for military spouses and given you some ideas about where to find scholarships and other resources. To learn more about other military benefits, check out our resources page.