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Military Spouse Education Benefits

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Waldorf University recognizes and appreciates the sacrifices made by the spouses and families of current and former servicemembers. Waldorf aims to honor these great contributions to our nation by providing educational and scholarship opportunities to the spouses and families of active-duty military members and veterans.

Post 9/11 GI Bill® Transferability

Spouses of military men and women can achieve a dream career with an online education at Waldorf.

Eligible military men and women may transfer 36 months or the portion of unused Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits to their spouses and children to help them reach their educational goals at Waldorf. Family members must be enrolled in the Defense Eligibility Enrollment Reporting System and be eligible for benefits at the time of transfer to receive transferred benefits.

Eligible military personnel also must meet the following criteria:

  • Has at least six years of service in the armed forces (active duty and/or selected Reserve) on the date of approval and agrees to serve four additional years in the armed forces from the date of election.
  • Has at least 10 years of service in the armed forces (active-duty and/or selected Reserve) on the date of approval, is precluded by either standard policy (by service branch or Department of Defense) or statute from committing to four additional years, and agrees to serve for the maximum amount of time allowed by such policy or statute.
  • Is or becomes retirement-eligible and agrees to serve an additional four years of service on or after Aug. 1, 2012. A servicemember is considered retirement-eligible if he or she has completed 20 years of active federal service or 20 qualifying years as computed (pursuant to section 12732 of title 10 U.S.C.).
  • Transfer requests are submitted and approved while the member is in the armed forces.

Upon approval, family members may apply to use transferred benefits with VA by printing, completing, and mailing the VA Form 22-1990e to your nearest VA regional office or applying  online.

For more details on transferability of Post-9/11 GI Bill®, please contact your nearest VA regional office.

About MSEP

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) is part of DoD's broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative, which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration, education and training, employment readiness and employment connections services and resources.

MSEP, a targeted recruitment and employment solution, creates employment connections for military spouses seeking career opportunities and spouses with direct access to employers who are actively seeking employment.

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MSEP Resources

  • Spouse Ambassador Network Fact Sheet

Scholarship Opportunities

MyCAA

The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account Scholarship (MyCAA) is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses pursuing a license, certification or associate degree in a portable career field and occupation. Spouses may use their MyCAA funds at any academic institution approved for participation in the MyCAA Scholarship.

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).

Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship

Waldorf is proud to award a total of four scholarships yearly through the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship Program. Waldorf recognizes the sacrifices made by the family members of America’s military men and women and public safety personnel (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs and dispatchers).

In appreciation of their support, each award date, one scholarship will be awarded to the spouse or child of a National Guard or active military man or woman or spouse or child of a public safety personnel. 

To apply and learn more about award dates, please visit the Hero Behind the Hero Scholarship page.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.

Chantell Cooley Military Spouse Scholarship

The scholarship will cover up to $24,600 in one online degree program. The scholarship will be applied directly to the recipient’s tuition for up to 60 semester hours or 36 consecutive months in the selected online degree program, whichever comes first.

This scholarship covers tuition and textbooks are the responsibility of the student. Fees will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

For more information on this scholarship, please visit the Chantell Cooley Military Spouse Scholarship page.