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MyCAA military spouse benefits

University of Phoenix remains committed to the education of military members and their spouses. We’re an approved school for the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program, a career development and employment assistance program sponsored by the Department of Defense. Through MyCAA, military spouses can receive financial assistance for licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary for gainful employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields.

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Eligibility for military spouse benefits

To qualify, you must:

  • Be the spouse of an active-duty servicemember at a pay grade of E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, or O-1 to O-2
  • Complete your education coursework while your spouse is on active-duty Title 10 orders

This includes spouses of activated National Guard and Reserve components in the appropriate pay grades.

How does MyCAA work?

Prior to requesting MyCAA financial assistance, military spouses are required to develop an education and training (E&T) plan and upload it to their MyCAA account for approval by a MyCAA career and education consultant.

Required course information includes:

  • Correct name of school and campus location
  • All courses (Or the block of study) for which MyCAA financial assistance will be used (Include course name/title/codes)

Your University of Phoenix graduation team will help you complete all required documents.

What does MyCAA provide?

Training and education financial assistance

Maximum educational benefit is $4,000.

  • Covers tuition costs for education and training courses leading to an associate degree (excluding General Studies and Liberal Arts), license, certificate or certification at accredited schools.
  • There is an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist eligible military spouses.

Annual cap waivers are available if there’s an up-front tuition cost greater than $2,000 (up to the maximum benefit of $4,000).

Employment readiness counseling

Counseling services are available to all spouses of active-duty servicemembers, regardless of:

  • Rank
  • Eligibility to receive MyCAA financial assistance

Counseling services help military spouses indentify:

  • Federal, state, and local financial assistance
  • Expanded career choices
  • Support resources to attend school
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How to get started

You can establish a MyCAA account by visiting the MyCAA website.

Once your profile information is provided, MyCAA will verify eligibility through a real-time DEERS eligibility check. If you’re eligible, you can create your education and training plan and request financial assistance when you’re within 60 days of your course start date.

See additional military and veteran educational benefits.

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