J-1 Manpower and Personnel – Education


​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 2018-19 academic year!

The 2017-18 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 2018‐19 AY (which goes from July 1, 2018 to
June 30, 2019) if you did not participate in the CNG EAAP for the 2017‐18 AY or were withdrawn from
the 2017‐18 AY.

If you want to apply for benefits for classes that begin before July 1, 2018, you must go back and select
the link for the 2017‐18 AY to complete the 2017‐18 AY Application Process. Applications are not
transferable from one academic year to another.

If you are a CNG EAAP participant for the 2017‐18 AY, you must go back to the main page, select the
“For Renewal Participants” link, and complete the 2‐step process listed there by June 1, 2018.


***New 4‐Step Application Process***


1. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2018‐19

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. Complete the 2018‐19 AY Initial Application

(Make sure the Application for Academic Year drop‐down box shows 2018‐19)
If you have problems accessing or submitting the electronic version of the application, you can
click here to access the .pdf version of the form. Submit it by scanning and e‐mailing it as a .pdf
document to ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6‐eaap‐mailbox‐access@mail.mil. (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

3. Submit a completed 2018‐19 AY Initial Statement of Understanding

Scan and e‐mail it as a .pdf document to ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6‐eaap‐mailbox‐access@mail.mil. (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. A letter of recommendation 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, 2018).

To be considered a Priority Applicant, you must complete all four steps of the application process by the
Priority Deadline of Monday, April 30, 2018, 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, 2018, on a first‐come, first‐serve basis until all
funds are exhausted or we can no longer accept applications (no later than April 30, 2019). Applicants
who will complete the first 3 steps after April 30, 2018, 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.

Summer Term Certification for Summer 2018

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Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions
Record Change Request and Leave of Absence form

To find the list of eligible institutions, go to www.csac.ca.gov 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 at 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 the CARNG Civilian Education Branch tab below.


​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:

(866) 338-2863



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