Q: I’m thinking about going back to school, but I’m not eligible for the MyCAA benefits anymore under the new parameters. Where should I start looking for other financial aid options?
- MilitaryOneSource is a great resource. Since the benefits are forever changing, every spouse should have this site bookmarked to keep up on the latest and greatest.
- For those spouses utilizing their service member’s Post 9-11 GI Bill benefits, the VA has a tremendous site dedicated to everything you ever needed to know about the Post 9-11 GI Bill.
- Service aid societies (eg: Air Force Aid Society, Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society…) also provide a limited number of grants for those who are eligible.
- Organizations such as ThanksUSA and the National Military Family Association also provide spouse scholarships.
- And don’t forget DeCA scholarships or the installation spouse clubs. The opportunities are out there….you just have to find them.
Even though we’re trained to always look at our special military affiliated benefits, we shouldn’t neglect the traditional resources.
- Start your financial aid search with a visit to the FAFSA site.
- Look for college grants and scholarships you might be eligible for.
Financial aid options that are not MyCAA,