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Columbia College announces new funding resource for military spouses
Friday, July 17, 2009

(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- The Department of Defense (DoD) has established a tuition assistance program for spouses of active duty personnel serving in the regular forces and for spouses of activated National Guard and Reserve members. Called the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA), the program provides up to $6,000 in tuition assistance (TA) for spouses to pursue degree programs, certifications, licensure and credentials. The $6,000 can be used all at once or incrementally. All Columbia College degree programs have been approved for financial assistance through the MyCAA program. Nearly 70 Columbia College military spouses have already received tuition assistance through this program.

To receive this special funding, military spouses must follow these steps:

1. Apply for admission to Columbia College.

2. Apply for the MyCAA program.

3. Make an appointment with a Columbia College advisor to discuss education and career goals.

4. When registering for courses, provide the TA authorization letter previously obtained through the MyCAA Web site.

5. Columbia College will post the TA as a credit to the student's account.

Demand for the program is high and applicants should allow up to two weeks for requests to be processed.

"For more than 12 years, I've been dreaming of a federally sponsored tuition assistance program for military spouses. MyCAA is a dream come true," said Ramona McAfee, assistant dean for military and federal programs at Columbia College. "We are honored to be a part of MyCAA and are excited to add this program to our current selection of financial benefits for military spouses. This is yet another way Columbia College supports military spouses via DoD programs and is further testament to the college's reputation as one of the top military-friendly institutions in the world," she said.

The latest information on the MyCAA program is available online. Also, check out other benefits available to military spouses attending Columbia College.