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Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)


As of October 2010, MyCAA funding was reinstated, with the following new program guidelines:


  • Spouse of an active duty Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine service member in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, or O1-O2.

  • Spouse of an activated Reserve member in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.

  • If the spouse of National Guard and/or AGR member, the sponsor must be on federal Title 10 active duty orders as reported in DEERS.

  • Spouses of Guard/Reserve members in an Alert, Transition Assistance, or Post Deployment status are not eligible.

  • MyCAA accounts will be limited to the new $4,000 maximum benefit with a $2000 fiscal year cap. Waivers to the fiscal year cap will be available

  • For spouses pursuing licensure or credentials with a cost that exceeds the $2,000 fiscal year cap up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000.

  • Spouses must finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course.

  • Funding is limited to only Associate’s degrees, credentials and licensure programs.

  • Please allow for 14 days for approval of all financial assistance documents.

All spouses, even if no longer qualifying for the MyCAA program, that have had a MyCAA account can still access all your course information by logging onto the MyCAA website.  If information is needed regarding other sources of financial assistance, you may contact a Military OneSource consultant at 800-342-9647.

Tidewater Community College Financial Aid services may be accessed via the TCC website or at one of our four campuses.

Click here for information on financial resources that are available.

Click here for the DOD MyCAA Website.


What are Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)?



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MyCAA was established with Congressional authorization set forth in Public Law 110-417.

The Department of Defense expanded Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program is providing $4,000 of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are interested in pursuing degree programs, licenses, certifications and education leading to careers in high growth, high demand portable career fields.

The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy (DUSD/MC&FP) is the program sponsor.

Tidewater Community College is one of the schools approved to provide education and training through MyCAA.

Who is eligible?

Spouses of active duty and activated National Guard and Reserve service members are eligible.

The period of eligibility for spouses of Guard and Reserve members is from the date of the Alert or Warning Order for Military Recall or Mobilization, through activation and deployment, until 180 days following De-Mobilization.

Military spouses who are military members themselves are not eligible.  Military members have education benefits provided through the Military Voluntary Education Tuition Assistance (TA) Program.  Military spouses who are legally separated by state law or court order are also not eligible.

What is a Portable Career?




Portable careers are those that are likely to provide job opportunities in most locations where military service members are stationed.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Business/management
  • Construction trades
  • Education
  • Financial services
  • Health services
  • Homeland Security
  • Hospitality management
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Real Estate

This is only a partial list of possible portable careers.  The Department of Labor Career One Stop Centers have a full list of targeted industries and occupations.

Where can spouses get basic MyCAA information?

Eligible spouses who are ready to explore portable career options and develop a career goal and plan should establish a MyCAA Account by visiting the MyCAA website:, and click on Create an Account.

This is an easy, self-help process.  Once the spouse profile information is provided, the Department of Defense (DoD) will verify MyCAA eligibility through the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS).

If eligible, the spouse's MyCAA account will be credited with $4,000.

MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) pays for expenses such as secondary and post-secondary education and training programs, tuition, licensing and credentialing fees.

This includes degree programs; continuing education classes; national certification exams, i.e., Bar, CPA; and state certifications for teachers, medical professionals, and similar licensed professionals.

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What does MyCAA pay for?

MyCAA does not pay for computers, school application fees, graduation fees, student activity cards, child care, parking, transportation, or medical services.

If the cost of a course includes books, supplies or other necessary equipment, MyCAA will cover the cost.

Payments are made directly to schools using MyCAA's electronic payment system.



Tuition and fees for degree programs at Tidewater Community College (TCC) are set by the State Board for Community Colleges.  For more information about tuition rates, payment methods, payment deadlines, refunds, or contacts, see the Tuition @ TCC website.

Tuition and fees for continuing education classes, certification and licensure programs are based on the individual program, certificate, licensure, or certification.  Please visit the appropriate program for costs.

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How does MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) Work?

A military spouse can apply for MyCAA Financial Assistance after completing a MyCAA Career and Training Plan.

A Career and Training Plan includes the spouse's career field, name of school, and courses chosen by the spouse. Courses may be added to MyCAA Career and Training Plan at any time.

Military spouses can contact any TCC career counselor, Workforce Solutions or the military programs staff for assistance with developing a career and training plan for their MyCAA Account.

Financial Assistance (FA) requests for courses in the Career and Training Plan are made each time a spouse is ready to enroll in those courses at his/her school.  Requests must be submitted prior to the start date of the course via the MyCAA account system.

Financial Assistance requests must have correct school names, course codes, titles of courses, start/end dates, and course costs.  Otherwise, they risk being rejected.

Financial Assistance requests may be cancelled or edited up to ten days prior to the start of a course or program.  FA requests guarantee to the school that MyCAA will pay for the spouse's seat in the course (classroom or online) that is being held.

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Who can help spouses and/or answer questions?

TCC Information Center

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Military spouses can help themselves by visiting the MyCAA website and establishing an account.  Develop a Career and Training Plan or e-mail for MyCAA technical support.

TCC can help spouses choose a program, licensing and certification exams, a major course of study, select classes, and provide the education and training for their MyCAA Career and Training Plan by calling:

TCC Information Center:  Call 757-822-7714 or 800-371-0898 or e-mail:

Military Programs at TCC:  Call 757-822-7645 or 822-7702 or e-mail:

TCC Contact names and phone numbers.

Military OneSource Center/Education Consultants can help spouses explore career interests and look at school options and develop Career and Training Plans by calling 1-800-342-9647.

The following links provide access to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and Terms and Conditions:

MyCAA Program Flyer:


MyCAA Fact Sheet:         



Spouse FAQs:        



Spouse Terms and Conditions:         




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Degree and Workforce Solutions Programs Listing?

TCC Transfer Degree Programs, Career and Technical Degree Programs, Career Studies Programs and Certificate Programs

Alphabetical listing of Workforce Solutions certification, licensure, continuing education and professional development course offerings

Enchanced Certificate Program course offerings

Maritime Training Program course offerings

Music and Entertainment Industry course offerings

Select a program link below for fees and hours.

How to Apply ?

Eligible spouses who are ready to explore portable career options and develop a career goal and plan should establish a MyCAA Account by visiting the MyCAA website:, and click on Create an Account.


Select a degree or Workforce Solutions portable career program and apply for admission to Tidewater Community College (its free).

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Degree, Certificate and Career Studies Listing
Transfer Degree Programs: Associate of Arts/Associate of Science

Career and Technical Education Degree Programs:

Agricultural Business Technology                  Engineering and Industrial Technology

Arts and Design Technology                         Health Professions

Business Technology                                     Public Service Technology

Maritime Logistics                                          Homeland Security

Career Studies Programs:

Agricultural Business Technology                  Health Professions  

Arts and Design Technology                         Public Service Technology

Business Technology                                     Independent Career Studies Options

Engineering and Industrial Technology

Certificate Programs:

Business Technology:  Accounting Specialist/Information Systems Technology/Legal Assistant

Engineering and Industrial Technology:  Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) Technology/Electrical Wiring/Electronics Engineering Technology

Public Service Technology:  Early Childhood Instruction

Independent Certificate Options:  Air Conditioning and Refrigeration/Health Sciences/Medical Assisting/Welding


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Programs Listing Workforce Solutions Continuing Education, Certification and Licensure Programs
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Administrative Dental Assistant
Administrative Medical Specialist with Medical Billing and Coding
Administrative Professional with Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Training
Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist
Advanced Coding for the Physician's Office
Advanced Hospital Coding and CCS Prep
Advanced Personal Fitness Trainer
Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate
AutoCAD 2009
Basic Contractor
Bookkeeping the Easy Way with Quickbooks
Business Marketing Design
Certified Bookkeeper
Certified Global Business Professional
Certified National Pharmaceutical Representative
Certified Wedding Planner
Chartered Tax Professional
Chemical Plant Operations
Cisco CCENT Authorized Certification Training
Cisco CCNA Certification Training
CompTIA A+ Certification Training
CompTIA  Linux+/LPI Level One Certification Training
CompTIA Network+/Server+ Certification Training
CompTIA Security+ Certification Training
CORE Mediation Certificate
WD - CompTia Bundle-A+, Network+ and Security+-160 hours
Digital Arts Certificate
eBusiness Certificate
Electrical Continuing Education
Emergency Management Training
Emergency Medical Technician
Entrepreneurship: Start-Up and Business Owner Management
Fine Arts Training
Fitness Business Management
Forensic Computer Examiner
Freight Broker/Agent Training
Gas Fitter Continuing Education
Grant Writing
Graphic Design Certificate
Help Desk Analyst: Tier 1 Support Specialist
HIPAA Compliance
Home Inspection Certificate
Hospitality and Casino Management
HVAC Technician
HVAC Continuing Education
ICD-10 Medical Coding: Preparation and Instruction for Implementation
Interior Design
Leadership and Legacy: Seven Steps to Leading High Achieving Teams
Lean Mastery
Management for IT Professionals
Management Training
Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Terminology
Medical Transcription
Microsoft Access 2007
Microsoft Certified Application Specialist Training (MCAS)
Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
Microsoft Certified System Administrator 2003 (MCSA)
Microsoft Certified System Administrator Plus 2003 (MCSA+)
Microsoft Certified System Engineer 2003 (MCSE)
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2005 (MCTS)
Microsoft Excel 2007
Microsoft Office Specialist 2003 (MOS)
Microsoft Outlook 2007
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007
Microsoft Vista Business
Microsoft Word 2007
Modern Automotive Service Technician
Multimedia Design Certificate* Reduced to $4500 for the AVOTEC program and military enrolments only.
.NET Training
Non-Profit Management
Nutrition for Optimal Health, Wellness, and Sports
Oil Refinery Operations
Paper Mill Operations
Pay Per Click Marketing
Payroll Practice and Management
Personal Financial Planning
Personal Fitness Trainer
Personal Training and Group Exercise Training for Older Adults
Pharmacy Technician
Plumbing Continuing Education
Power Plant Operations
Project Management
Pulp Mill Operations
Purchasing & Supply Chain Management
Principles of Real Estate Certificate Program
Real Estate Broker Certificate Program
Records Management Certificate
RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) on the Web
Search Engine Marketing
Search Engine Optimization
Six Sigma Black Belt
Six Sigma Green Belt
Technical Writing
Travel Agent Training
Understanding Earned Value Management
Veterinary Assistant
Video Game Art
Video Game Design and Development
Web Database Developer
Website Design * Reduced to $4500 for the AVOTEC program and military enrolments only.
Women's Exercise Training and Wellness
Programs Listing Enhanced Certificate Program (ECP)
Comprehensive Dental Assistant
Executive Administrative Assistant
IT Management w/Comp TIA Network+/Server+ Training Certificate
IT Management w/COMP TIA Security+
Advanced Supply Chain Project Management w/Earned Value Management
Intermediate Project Management
Advanced Project Management
Event Management and Certified Wedding Planner
Advanced Event Management and Certified Wedding Planner
Earned Value Process Management
Advanced Earned Value Process Management
Programs Listing Hampton Roads Maritime Training Program (HRMTP)
Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPA)
Global Maritime Distress and Safety System
Master Not More Than 100 Gross Tons
Charter Boat Captain's License - Six Pack Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV)
Radar Observer and Radar Renewal

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More contacts:

TCC Information Center

Call 757- 822-1122 or 800-371-0898


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Center for Military and Veteran Education




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