California National Guard

Education Assistance Award Program

Mission

​This is the official website for the California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP).  The CNG EAAP issues educational awards to qualifying members of the California Army or Air National Guard and State Military Reserve.  This State Grant can pay for up to 100% of the tuition and fees at a University of California, California State University, or a California Community College. It can also be used for eligible California proprietary and private institutions.
 
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-20 academic year!

The 2018-19 academic year starts July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019.

CNG EAAP New Application Process

Complete the application process below to apply for the 2019‐20 AY (which goes from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020) if you did not participate in the CNG EAAP for the 2018‐19 AY or were withdrawn from the 2018-19 AY.  

Applications are not transferable from one academic year to another.

If you are a CNG EAAP participant for the 2018‐19 AY, go to the 2019-2020 AY Renewal Students Tab, and complete the 2‐step process listed there by June 1, 2019.

4-Step Application Process

  1. Visit FAFSA and fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    You do not need to send anything in to confirm you completed it. Once you have completed step 2, the California Student Aid Commission will confirm the date your FAFSA was submitted.
  2. Visit CSAC Website and complete the 2019-20 AY Initial Application.
    (Make sure the Application for Academic Year drop‐down box shows 2019‐20). 
  3. Submit a completed 2019-20 AY Initial Statement of Understanding (.pdf).
    Scan and e‐mail it as a .pdf document to: EAAP Mailbox  (If you take a picture with your phone and then convert it to a .pdf, it may not be accepted as the pages are often distorted).
  4. Submit a completed Letter of Recommendation (.pdf) form from a former or current professor or school counselor, a current or former commander, or a civilian employer. (This step is only for applicants who apply by April 30, 2019).

To be considered a Priority Applicant, you must complete all four steps of the application process by the Priority Deadline of Monday, April 30, 2019, for your application to be considered complete and considered by the Priority Board. Your “completed application date” will be the date that you complete all 4 steps or when you reach your 2 years of service, whichever comes later. Applicants who do not submit a Letter of Recommendation but meet the other requirements will be added to the first‐come, first‐serve wait-list.
Applications will continue to be accepted after April 30, 2019, on a first‐come, first‐serve basis until all funds are exhausted or we can no longer accept applications (no later than April 30, 2020). Applicants who will complete the first 3 steps after April 30, 2019, do not need to complete step 4.

Summer Term

As of January 1, 2015, CNG EAAP participants attending a summer term must submit documentation from their unit commander starting enrollment in the summer term will not adversely impact a participant’s attendance at mandatory military training in order to be eligible for an award for the term.

All participants attending a summer term, whether it is considered mandatory or discretionary, must complete the Summer Term Certification (.pdf).

CNG EAAP Coordinators

  • Email:
  • Phone Number:
    • (916) 854-4446
    • (916) 854-4255

Resources

For the Record Change Request form, please email ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6-eaap-mailbox-access@mail.mil.  

To find the list of eligible institutions, visit: CSAC Website and then select the “Cal Grant eligible schools” link at the bottom of the page.

The California State University system and the University of California system do not consider enrollment in most of their Extended Education/Continuing Education/University Extension Programs to be the equivalent as enrollment in their main campuses due to different admission requirements and different financial aid options.  Therefore, enrollment in the Extended Education/Continuing Education/University Extension Programs may not qualify for the CNG EAAP.  If you have additional questions after reviewing the Fact Sheet and the Frequently Asked Questions, you can contact one of the CNG EAAP Coordinators by sending an email to: ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6-eaap-mailbox-access@mail.mil, or you can call (916) 854-4446 or at  (916) 854-4255.   E-mails and voice mails will be processed in the order received.  If you are looking for assistance with the GI Bill or Federal Tuition Assistance, you will need to go to review the Civilian Education Branch Tab below.

Mission

​Civilian Education Branch supports soldiers and their dependents with free testing, and access to preparation materials. Civilian education is related directly to recruiting and retaining quality soldiers, enhancing their career progression both military and civilian and increasing the combat readiness of the California Army National Guard.

The California Army National Guard offers lots of programs to help both you and your dependents find your educational needs. Take advantage of your education programs and academic counseling. Your next objective is taking that first step in your education needs.

Northern California

  • California Army National Guard
    Civilian Education Office
    ATTN: CAAD-G1-CE, Box 26
    9800 Goethe Road
    Sacramento, CA 95827
  • Education Service Officer: (916) 854-3234
  • Tuition Assistance Manager: (916) 854-3663

Southern California

  • Joint Forces Training Base
    National Guard Civilian Education Office
    4411  Yorktown Ave, Bldg. 6, Suite 118
    Los Alamitos, CA 90720
  • (562) 795-2486
  • Fax: (562) 795-2584

Points of Contacts

  • ​Toll Free Phone Number: (866) 338-2863

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