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"On behalf of the faculty and staff of California Coast University, I wish to welcome you. You have made an excellent choice for continuing your education and choosing an educational institution that will help you meet your goals. 
At California Coast University, we created our programs to support the learning of busy professionals seeking to deepen and to broaden their knowledge and skills; and to help our students meet both professional and personal goals.  We look forward to helping you find success on your educational journey!"  
Patricia Insley, Ed.D.,
Academic Vice President

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)

Program Sponsor:

Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community & Family Policy (DUSD/MC&FP)

Program Description:

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship program, a component of the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, is a career development and employment assistance program, that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. My Career Advancement Account Scholarship helps military spouses, who have successfully completed high school, pursue licenses, credentials or associate degrees with a specific concentration or major (excludes General Studies, Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies) to pursue an occupation or career with transferable and portable skills.

What MyCAA Pays For:

The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.

Who Is Eligible:

Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve components in these same pay grades.

Getting Started:

Spouses can visit the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Spouse Portal online at and provide the required Spouse Profile information. A real-time Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) eligibility check will confirm if spouses meet My Career Advancement Account Scholarship eligibility requirements. Once confirmed, spouses can move forward and establish a My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Account. Those who do not pass this check will be provided additional guidance.

Who Can Help Spouses Move Through the MyCAA Program:

Spouses are encouraged to work with their Spouse Education & Career opportunities Career Coach at 1-800-342-9647 if they need help or they can also go to Military OneSource NEW Online Spouse Career Center Resources.

Military spouses living overseas may experience issues accessing the site. For assistance, spouses may contact Military OneSource through the international dialing instructions located at or through email at [email protected]

Students wishing to use MyCAA must enroll in the 16-week semester term. For more information about Academic Terms, check out our Academic Calendar. If interested in applying with CCU, please contact one of our Admissions Representatives prior to starting the application process and state you will be using MyCAA.

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