Grants + Funding
Active duty military spouses are eligible to receive in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed for more than 30 days. Once a spouse is enrolled and paying in-state tuition, they will continue to pay the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the school, even if the service member is reassigned outside of the state.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) offers qualified military spouses with funding of up to $4,000 to pursue portable careers in demand. MyCAA is open to spouses of service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1 – O2. Visit Military OneSource for additional eligibility information and to apply to this program.
Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability
Active duty and/or Selected Reserve service members with six years of service may elect to transfer all or a portion of their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit to a spouse. The service member must agree to serve 4 additional years from the date of the election in order to transfer their benefit.
Spouses who received a transferred benefit are eligible to receive:
- Public in-state tuition and fees. (Private and foreign school costs are capped annually.)
- Annual book and supply stipend
- Must use it within 15 years of separation from active duty
Active duty spouses are not eligible for the monthly living allowance.
In order to be eligible for Post-9/11 GI bill benefits, transferees must be named/elected while the service member is on active duty, but they can be removed at any time. Transferability is NOT an entitlement and is not divisible should a divorce occur. Additionally, if the service member does not meet the required length of service, they may have to pay back the benefit.