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Are DoD Scholarships for Military Spouses Making a Difference?

The Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision to improve awareness of the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial assistance for education and training in portable career fields to spouses whose service members are early in their careers.

RAND researchers found that the MyCAA scholarship is associated with positive changes in spouse employment, earnings, and the continuation of their service members. Addressing questions previously raised by Congress, the results do not suggest that spouses attending for-profit private institutions fared worse than those attending public nonprofit schools. The researchers recommend developing benchmarks for midpoint MyCAA plan reviews to help identify spouses who may need additional support from a career counselor.

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