Spouses of Active Duty or activated National Guard or Reserve service members in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 seeking an Associate’s degree, certifications and licensure programs may be eligible for the Military Spouse Career Advancement benefit which offers up to $4,000.00 in educational Tuition Assistance.
Students planning to use MyCAA funding must be approved first by the MyCAA Program. This process for verifying eligibility is done through DEERS. “MyCAA uses DEERS to verify spouse eligibility based on the social security numbers of both the military servicemember and the spouse” (MyCAA website)
Creating a MyCAA Account is simple. These steps must be done on the MyCAA portal.
Once you are authorized for the $4,000.00 credit you must create a MyCAA Career and Training Plan. You will then request funding for the course(s) you are taking during the semester with the correct start/end dates. Once approved for funding, you must submit a copy of the FA form to Liberty University's Military Affairs Office for processing.
You may begin requesting funding 60 days prior to the start date of your course. You must request funding at least 15 days before the start date of your course in order for MyCAA to approve the request.
Due to MyCAA policy, funding must be requested a minimum of 15 days before the start date of the course. If funding is not requested during this time frame the student will be responsible for contacting a MyCAA consultant concerning late requests. Liberty University is not authorized to accept forms with incorrect start/end dates. You will be notified by email if we are unable to accept the authorization form.
Students in the online program who are taking courses during different eight week terms must apply for funding separately for their courses that have different start/end dates. The course code, title, start/end dates and cost must be accurate for the form to be accepted.
- Example of Correct Form: COURSE CODE: THEO 104 TITLE: Introduction to Christian Thought. START/END DATES: 5/16/2011-7/8/2011. Cost: $750.00.
- Example of Incorrect Form: COURSE CODE: 26222 TITLE: THEO START/END DATES: 1/1/2010-8/20/2010. Cost $900.00
Follow step-by-step guidance on the MyCAA Spouse Portal
You must request funding for your additional course(s) a minimum of 15 days before the start date and then submit a copy of the MyCAA FA authorization form to Liberty by the Financial Check-in deadline.
Please notify the Military Affairs Office if you have dropped a course that was approved for MyCAA funding. Liberty will need to issue a drop invoice through the MyCAA portal so the funding can be cancelled. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org concerning this matter.
The Military Affairs Office will adjust the amount of MyCAA funding on your student account based on the percentage of withdrawal that you receive.
MyCAA Funding can only be used once per a course. If a student withdraws or fails a course they will not be able to request MyCAA funding again for the same course. They are also required to contact a MyCAA Consultant as their account is placed on hold once a grade of ‘F’ is uploaded.
If a student changes his/her courses and does not update their MyCAA authorization form to reflect the changes then funding may be removed from the student’s account. This will happen if the student is no longer registered for the course that was approved or switches the course to a different sub-term or semester.
MyCAA funding, Post 9/11 GI Bill and most outside scholarships are nonrefundable benefits. Therefore, please email email@example.com to verify if you are eligible to use MyCAA funding in conjunction with these benefits before applying for funding.
A student must submit the authorization form to the school for processing. MyCAA will not submit the money or form to the school for the student. You may submit your approval form either by fax: (434) 455-1287 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Military Affairs Office submits grades via the MyCAA portal each semester within 60 days of the completion of the course. Students do not need to submit them to MyCAA separately.