Military Spouse Education  

Military spouses have more opportunities than ever to pursue careers and education through a variety of programs managed by the Department of Defense, educational institutions, and other organizations. The resources listed below include career advancement and tuition assistance programs as well as support for working moms.

Military spouses may also find our Scholarship Information section helpful.

 Military Spouse Education & Employment Resources

>>Army Emergency Relief Education Programs
AER offers grants to military spouses for educational purposes.

>>American Retirees Association
The American Retirees Association is a non-profit organization that deals with the impact of the Uniformed Services Former Spouses Protection Act (ASFSPA).  They help former military spouses or those getting ready to divorce in divorce court.

>>Central Texas College “Wounded Warrior” Spouse Scholarship Program
Central Texas College will offer free tuition for spouses of Soldiers who are recipients of Purple Hearts and were injured in combat. Free tuition will be provided for up to 30 semester hours in one year to eligible spouses. The scholarship covers in state and out-of-state tuition, along with mandatory fees.

>>Department of Education- Stimulus Package
Visit the Department of Education's website to see how funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be distributed throughout the education system.

>>Grantham University Military Programs
Grantham offers scholarships and reduced tuition rates for military personnel, retirees and family members. Grantham is also an AUSA affinity partner. AUSA members may receive additional tuition discounts.

>>In-State Tuition
To provide information regarding eligibility of active military service members and their families for in-state college tuition rates in their home state or state of duty assignment.

>>’s Education Guide's guide to schools, financial aid and scholarships for military personnel and family members.

>> is an online resource library for military spouse employment, education, and relocation run by the US Department of Labor.

>>My Career Advancement Account (MYCAA)
The Defense Department’s financial assistance program:

  • Is available to spouses of active duty Servicemembers in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2;
  • Offers a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000;
  • Requires military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first course;
  • Is limited to associate degrees, certification, and licensures.

>>National Resource Directory--Education, Training and Employment
Offers an abundance of resources for Servicemembers, veterans and their family members.

>>Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
Extensive guide to college programs offered to military personnel and their families.

SpouseBUZZ is a virtual Spouse Support Group, a place where you can instantly connect with thousands of other milspouses. SpouseBUZZ celebrates and embraces the tie that binds spouses - military service.

>>Student Aid
A Department of Education site to ensure eligible Americans have access to federal assistance programs – grants, loans and work-study programs – for education beyond high school. The web site includes information on a variety of federal, sate, regional, and private student aid programs.

>>Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
Spouses and children of Servicemembers hospitalized or receiving outpatient care for a VA determined service-connected permanent and total disability may be eligible for DEA benefits.

ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces. We're doing that by providing college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.

>>A Transfer Guide: Understanding Your Military Credit Recommendations
This publication will serve as your resource for understanding military credit recommendations, transcripts, and their use when you wish to transfer to an academic institution.

>>Women's Research and Education Institute
WREI is a respected resource not only for federal legislators and administrators but for state and local government officials, women's advocates, corporate policy makers, and the media. WREI seeks to strengthen the links between researchers, policymakers, and opinion-leaders so research can be translated into action.


The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.