Cost, limits of military spouse education program questioned

Many schools are scrambling to gain some of the federal dollars available via the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.


By Published: May 30, 2012

A military spouse education program is receiving some scrutiny due to the amount of federal funds going to for-profit schools and also for the limiting parameters set on prospective students, according to an AP report.

Only three years old, thousands are enrolling into the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts, or MyCAA, with millions of taxpayer dollars following a program that many say is missing oversight.

An excerpt from the story:

Overall, 60 percent of federal education money for military wives and husbands has gone to for-profit schools, compared to 38 percent for the G.I. Bill in the 2011 fiscal school year. Neither program requires schools to be accredited; they only need to be approved by a state agency. And the Pentagon isn't tracking how many MyCAA beneficiaries have earned a degree or found employment.

"The Department of Defense is not doing enough to really oversee this program," said Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which raised concerns about MyCAA in a recent report.

The story highlights Animal Behavior College, which uses effective TV advertisements with a constant message plastered onto the screen: Military spouses may qualify for free tuition.

According to the report, in its three year history, 3,000 schools have been approved to receive MyCAA money, with 147,432 spouses enrolled in classes.

Source: The Associated Press

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