MyCAA approved programs and their benefits to Military Spouses
The military provides spouse tuition assistance to military spouses in the form of the MyCAA program.
Formulated for the sake of Military spouse career advancement, the program can grant up to $4,000 in financial assistance to a spouse for a qualified vocational training program.
Finding the right school or program to enroll with can sometimes be hard, especially with the mushrooming of several vocational and technical training institutes. Choose a school that fits your lifestyle and is easy to access, either online or a short drive away from your home or office. Look at the school’s regional or national accreditation; the more accreditations, the better. Look at what the school offers in terms of interactions and facilitations, like chat rooms, instant messaging and video conferencing. Make sure you go to a school that takes evaluation seriously. You don’t want to go to a school that is notorious for handing out diplomas without proper verifications.
Some people may be apprehensive about online schools and wonder if they can be trusted with formal education. Research top rated online schools, and look up their MyCAA approved programs to see if they offer the course that you like. Military.com has an online school finder that can help you narrow down your search based on your location, interested area of study and campus type that you prefer, which is available at http://schools.military.com/schoolfinder/search-for-schools.do.
The program, having been recently restarted in 2010, is now available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2, and also now includes the spouses of activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks. According to military.com, spouses of Guard and Reserve members must be able to start and complete their courses while their sponsor is on Title 10 orders. While the maximum financial benefit is $4,000, there is a fiscal year cap of $2,000. If you are pursuing licensure or certification that is completed in under a year, you can apply for a waiver to get the total maximum assistance within the year. Two other conditions that MyCAA programs have is that the spouse must finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course, and the program must be an associate degree, certification or licensure. Some other options that can be covered under MyCAA include “…State certifications for teachers, medical professionals and other occupations requiring recognized certifications; licensing exams and related prep courses; Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes including those offered through professional associations; and degree programs leading to employment in Portable Career Fields. MyCAA also pays for High School Completion courses, GED tests and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.”
The benefits of enrolling in a MyCAA approved program are many; in fact, you can pay for some entire certifications that cost no more than $2,500, like the Inpatient and Outpatient Medical Coding & Billing, Computer Technician or Administrative Assistant programs offered by some online schools.
You can get started with a career of your choice with the help of MyCAA funding, and end up paying nothing out of your pocket. Some programs can also be completed in less than a year, which means you can be career-ready in just a few months!
For more information, refer to http://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/military-spouse-career-advancement-accounts-financial-aid.html.
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Nancy is a 36-year old stay at home mom of two. She worked as a medical assistant for five years before taking a break to be with her children. Her experience as a medical assistant gave her valuable insights in to the medical transcription industry, which she likes to share with others through her writing. Medical transcription training often finds mention in her writings. Being an SAHM, Nancy is a huge exponent of vocational training programs that provide women like her the power to be their own boss. Her other interests include gardening and baking. She stays with her husband and two daughters.