Benefits & Aid Overview

Learn how the MyCAA program provides financial assistance to eligible military spouses at UMGC Asia.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts

The U.S. Department of Defense offers Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, known as MyCAA, a program that provides as much as $4,000 in financial assistance to eligible military spouses toward an Associate of Arts or any of our undergraduate certificates.

The program is capped at $2,000 a year and is available to spouses of active-duty military personnel in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2.

MyCAA-Eligible Programs

UMGC's Associate of Arts and each of the specialized curricula are eligible for MyCAA financial assistance. The options include:

  • Accounting

  • Business and Management

  • Computer Studies

  • Criminal Justice

  • Foreign Language Area Studies

  • Legal Studies

  • Management Studies

  • Mathematics

  • Women's Studies

Plus, UMGC offers undergraduate certificate programs that are eligible for MyCAA financial assistance.

You can apply all of the credits you earn in one of these undergraduate certificate programs to a bachelor's degree.

  • Accounting Foundations (only available overseas in Asia and Europe)

  • Computer Networking

  • Computer Studies (only available overseas in Asia and Europe)

  • Human Resources Management

  • Management Foundations

  • Project Management

  • Spanish for Business and the Professions

Get Started in the MyCAA Program

Getting started using your MyCAA benefit at UMGC is easy.

  1. Set up a profile on MyCAA.
  2. Review and digitally sign the MyCAA online Statement of Understanding Terms and Conditions.
  3. Develop a career and training plan. MyCAA does not reimburse for classes that have already started.
  4. Search for UMGC using the School Search function under the Resources tab.
  5. Apply to UMGC.

Veterans Education Benefits for Military Spouses and Families

If you qualify for veterans education benefits as a spouse or dependent of an active-duty servicemember or veteran, you can use those benefits to help pay for your education at UMGC. Your eligibility depends on a number of factors.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility or are trying to decide between benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to discuss your specific situation. If you have questions about how your benefits will work at UMGC, please contact our specially-trained military and veterans advisors.

Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill

Your monthly benefits are paid directly to UMGC and are based on your rate of pursuit and length of service percentage. You receive a book allowance and may also be eligible for a housing allowance based on your length of service percentage. 

Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

You receive monthly benefits payments based on your training time and can use them to help pay for tuition and books. 

Fry Scholarship

Benefits are paid directly to UMGC and are based on rate of pursuit. You receive a book allowance and may also be eligible for a housing allowance