Military Financial Aid for Spouses Can Equal Up To $6,000

Scholarships for military spouses and dependents could add up to $6,000 in free education money from the U.S. government.

In May 2009, the Department of Defense enacted the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program. This initiative pays up to $6,000 for post-secondary education (including distance learning), training, tuition, licensing and credentialing.

You are eligible to receive this benefit if you are a military spouse whose husband or wife has at least one year remaining on active duty and if you are pursuing education, training, or credentialing leading to employment in a "portable career field."

Portable career fields are defined by the Department of Defense as: health services, information technology, financial services, trades, business/management, hospitality, homeland security, human resources, legal and education.

For more information, visit the MyCAA webpage.



The Pat Tillman Foundation is sponsoring “Leadership Through Action” scholarships for military dependents and service members. About 50 to 70 scholarships are expected to be awarded on the basis of need and merit. The military scholarships will cover undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate, two-year, four-year, public, private, vocational and trade degrees and certificates, both online and on-ground. View website for more information and application forms. Deadline for application is May 14.
  is offering up to 500 scholarships worth $3,000 each to dependents of active-duty military personnel for undergraduate education at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, vocational school or technical school. Awards are intended for first-time undergraduate study only and are not available for graduate study. View website for information and application. Deadline: May 15 or whenever 10,000 applications are received. 


Military spouses and dependents are eligible for $500 to $1,000 scholarships from the National Military Family Association. Scholarship selection is based on the completion of survey questions, short-answer questions, and an essay question. The military college scholarships are awarded annually; 2009 application period is past, but you can sign up online to be notified when next year's scholarship application period opens. Visit the National Military Family Association for deadlines, eligibility rules and more information. 



Capella University 
offers 15 percent undergraduate tuition discounts to active duty soldiers and their immediate family members, veterans, National Guard and reservists. The school also offers 10 percent tuition savings on graduate programs. T
his discount extends to active-duty members, veterans, guards, reservists, civilian employees of the Department of Defense, and immediate families of active duty personnel. For more information, contact Capella.


Western Governors University 
offers several military college scholarships: for reservists, National Guard members, injured service members and their spouses, spouses of solders killed in action, and military spouses who choose to become teachers or to study information technology, business or health professions. For full details, visit WGU.



Regis University College for Professional Studies offers credit for military training and a preferred tuition rate to active military and their spouses. Discounts include 10 percent off master's degree programs and bachelor's degree tuition at only $250 per credit. Military students can realize cost savings by documenting MOS training, work experience, SMART, AARTS, CCAF, CLEP, and DANTES exams.


Liberty University Online provides a scholarship for military students wounded in Gulf wars. The school also offers a tuition discount (reducing costs to $250 per credit hour for all degrees), a book voucher and a technology fee waiver to active service members, Department of Defense employees, veterans and military spouses. For more information, visit Liberty University Online's Military Benefits page.


Active-duty or veteran Marines and their family members attending Columbia College in Missouri are eligible to receive $1,000 scholarships. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2010. View details at the Columbia College website.



Central Michigan University Off-Campus Programs offers discounted tuition for active duty U.S. military, including National Guard and reserve; active-duty military spouses and dependent children; military retirees; honorably discharged veterans; and Department of Defense employees. The discounted tuition rates are $250 per credit hour for covered undergraduate programs and $265 for covered graduate degree programs. More information is available at CMU’s website.

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