Unofficially referred to as Spouse Tuition Assistance, the Department of Defense recently expanded the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program which can provide up to $4,000 of financial assistance via grants and scholarships for military spouses.

The Department of Defense reopened the popular MyCAA program in October 2010, with several key changes in eligibility and dollar amounts.

Here is a summary of the changes:

   Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2. including the spouses of
   activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks. Spouses of Guard and Reserve members must be able to start and
   complete their courses while their sponsor is on Title 10 orders.

   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

MyCAA Program Details: