There are colleges and universities across the country that are committed to helping spouses of military members earn a degree. This includes private and public schools offering every degree type with majors available in every academic field. Learn more below about a few schools with scholarships or grants available for military spouses.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||2017-2018 Tuition (in-state)*||Grants and Scholarships|
|Northwood University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Midland, MI||$26,080||MyCAA scholarship for management study|
|Georgetown University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Washington D.C.||$52,300||National and university scholarships for numerous degree programs|
|University of Virginia||4-year, Public||Charlottesville, VA||$16,853||MyCAA scholarship for certificate programs|
|Columbia College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Columbia, MO||$21,936||MyCAA and additional scholarships for multiple degree programs|
|University of Alaska - Fairbanks||4-year, Public||Fairbanks, AK||$6,262||MyCAA and additional scholarships for multiple degree programs|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Overview of College Scholarships and Grants for Military Spouses
Many colleges and universities participate in the federal My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) program, and many offer additional funding opportunities through national programs, the school itself or private donors. This section provides details on schools with financial aid for military spouses, including the scholarship amounts and any other benefits.
Northwood University is a small university that strives to support military members and their families through a number of special programs. This includes support for military spouses through the MyCAA scholarship program, which provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance for spouses enrolled in Northwood's associate's degree program in management. The two-year program can be completed either at Northwood's campus, at one of the school's on-base education centers, or online, accommodating spouses of service members wherever they are stationed. Northwood was founded on the unique idea of championing freedom, and particularly believes in the power of an entrepreneurial, free-enterprise society. The associate's degree in management covered by the MyCAA scholarship is organized around this concept, to prepare students to be future leaders in any number of careers compatible with a military lifestyle.
Georgetown University is a research university in the heart of Washington D.C., offering degree programs in a wide variety of fields across its nine schools. It offers a long list of scholarship and grant opportunities for spouses of current or veteran service members. The Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars Scholarship, for example, provides varying award amounts for military spouses, including surviving spouses, and at least one Georgetown student each year is guaranteed to receive one. Military spouses in Georgetown's Master of Science Nursing Online Program can apply to receive up to $7,500 in tuition assistance. The Folded Flag Foundation Scholarship supports surviving family members of service members who lost their lives in combat. In addition to these scholarships, there are many others that military spouses may be eligible to apply for, depending on their degree program.
University of Virginia
The University of Virginia participates in the MyCAA scholarship program for military spouses from all branches. It awards up to $4,000 to those enrolled in any of several online certificate programs with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. These include certificates in Project Management, Information Technology, Human Resource Management, and others. The University of Virginia is a large public school that has consistently been ranked among the top public universities in the country. The certificate programs included under the MyCAA partnership are all offered fully online, and typically take students between twelve and 18 months to complete on a part-time basis.
In keeping with its claim to be a military-friendly school, Columbia College in Missouri offers multiple scholarships and grants for military service members and their spouses. These can be applied toward a mix of online and on-campus classes, designed to adapt to the varied lifestyle of military families. Columbia College's Spouses Opportunity Grant awards tuition for any one class as part of their undergraduate degree program. The school also offers a 20% discount on tuition for spouses, and participates in the MyCAA scholarship program as well as the Coast Guard Spouse Grant, both of which offer tuition awards of up to $4,000. Columbia College began as an all-female two-year college but today is a four-year, coeducation liberal arts school. It has a large network of campuses and online programs and prides itself on consistently small class sizes and an experienced faculty.
University of Alaska - Fairbanks
The University of Alaska at Fairbanks offers both merit- and need-based scholarships for military spouses. It is a large public institution with 146 undergraduate degree options, and many of the military spouse scholarships can be applied to any area of study. UAF participates in the MyCAA program to award funding for students pursuing certificate or associate's degree programs in high-growth, high-demand fields. Students can also apply to the Military Officers Association of America for one of several grants, scholarships or interest-free loans, or for a UAF-specific scholarship for a minimum award of $500. The Spouse Education Assistance Program provides need-based awards for up to four years for UAF students pursuing undergraduate degrees.