California National Guard

Education Assistance Award Program


​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.

CNG EAAP New Application Process

Please bear with us as the CNG EAAP transitions into the CMD GI Bill.  We will be creating a new Statement of Understanding for new students and changing the Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions.  We hope to have the new forms available here in mid to late January.  Please see the current Frequently Asked Questions regarding what the changes will entail.

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).

For Renewal Participants

Renew your CNG EAAP award for the 2020-2021 academic year! 

The 2020-2021 academic year goes from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  (This is not for classes that start prior to July 1.)

Only those who are currently participants in the CNG EAAP for the 2019-2020 year should complete this process.  Everyone else should go back to the main page and complete the “For New or Returning Students” process. 

2-Step Renewal Process

The deadline to complete the 2-step renewal process is Monday June 1, 2020.  

CNG EAAP Coordinators

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


For the Record Change Request form, please email  

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:, 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.


​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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