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You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:
Period of Eligibility
If you are a son or daughter and wish to receive benefits for attending school or job training, you must be between the ages of 18 and 26. In certain instances, it is possible to begin before age 18 and to continue after age 26. Marriage is not a bar to this benefit. If you are in the Armed Forces, you may not receive this benefit while on active duty. To pursue training after military service, your discharge must not be under dishonorable conditions. VA can extend your period of eligibility by the number of months and days equal to the time spent on active duty. This extension cannot generally go beyond your 31 birthday, there are some exceptions.
If you are a spouse, benefits end 10 years from the date VA finds you eligible or from the date of death of the veteran. If the VA rated the veteran permanently and totally disabled with an effective date of 3 years from discharge a spouse will remain eligible for 20 years from the effective date of the rating. This change is effective October 10, 2008 and no benefits may be paid for any training taken prior to that date.
For surviving spouses (spouses of service members who died on active duty) benefits end 20 years from the date of death.
If you are applying for the Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program (federal benefits) for the first time:
If you have received VA education assistance at VHCC previously:
If you have received VA education assistance previously at another college or university but not at VHCC:
To Apply for the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program:
Contact Information for Virginia Military Survivor and Dependent Education Program
Department of Veterans Services - Veterans Benefits
Ms. Melek Sanchez
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Veteran Education, Training & Employment
900 East Main Street, Sixth Floor, West Wing
Richmond, VA 23219
My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship Program - https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa
Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship — Helping Spouses Pursue Higher Education - Fact Sheet
The MyCAA Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses. The scholarship helps military spouses pursue licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high demand, high growth portable career fields and occupations. Spouses may use their MyCAA funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the MyCAA Scholarship.
Who is eligible for the MyCAA Scholarship?
Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades
What will MyCAA pay for?
The MyCAA Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.
How to establish a MyCAA Account
Spouses can visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa and provide the required Spouse Profile information. A real-time DEERS eligibility check will confirm if spouses meet MyCAA eligibility requirements. Once confirmed, spouses can move forward and establish a MyCAA Account. Those who do not pass this check will be provided additional guidance.
Where to get additional information or assistance?
Call a SECO Career Counselor at 800-342-9647. Counselors are available Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST- If a spouse already has an established MyCAA Account, use the Message Box feature as the fastest way to receive information and assistance.
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