Military Cuts Education Funding for Spouses

Last year the Department of Defense started to offer education grants to military spouses. Spouses could take advantage of the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA), which offered up to $6,000 a year for training programs or college.

Well, never mind. The MyCAA Web site now informs military families that:

Effective immediately, the MyCAA program is temporarily halting operations. We are reviewing all procedures, financial assistance documents and the overall program. This pause will not affect approved Financial Assistance documents. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please check back for updates.

What happened? Well the program was too popular. According to a New York Times article about MyCAA, so many people enrolled in the program that it’s run out of money. About 98,000 men and women are registered for MyCAA.

While the grants will be paid for people already enrolled, the thousands who have been recently accepted into the program and signed up to take college classes next semester are out of luck.

The Defense Department described the program shutdown as “temporary,” though it has not indicated when it plans to reinstate a (presumably altered) program.

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer