California National Guard
Education Assistance Award Program

If you are an active member in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia you may be eligible for a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve your skills, competencies, and abilities.


To qualify, you must:

·         Be an active member who has served two (2) years in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia;

·         Agree to remain an active member throughout the participation period in the program;

·         Agree to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree, or diploma that you currently do not possess;

·         Be enrolled in, registered at, or accepted to a qualifying institution;

·         Agree to maintain enrollment of a minimum of three (3) academic units per semester, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution as defined by California Education Code section 69432(l);

·         Agree to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA); and

·         Be a resident of California for at least one year.


To learn more, read the Applicant's Fact Sheet or visit the CNG EAAP website.




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 July. Please see the current Frequently Asked Questions at calguard.ca.gov/education regarding what the changes will entail.


The application opens on January 15. The Priority Deadline is April 30. After April 30, applications will continue to be accepted on a “first come-first serve” basis until all awards are exhausted or until January 14, whichever comes first.


Initial applicants must submit an online or paper application, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and the Statement of Understanding (SOU) specific to the academic year for which they are applying.


·         CNG EAAP Application – online

·         Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

·         CNG EAAP Initial Application (AY 2020-21 paper version)

·         CNG EAAP Initial Application (AY 2019-20 paper version)

·         Letter of Recommendation


Initial applicants must complete the following application steps for the year that they are applying,


1.   EAAP application

2.   Free Application for Federal Student Aid

3.   Statement of Understanding

4.   Letter of Recommendation from former or current professor or school counselor, former or current commander, or civilian employer.
(Applicants who apply after April 30 do not need to complete step 4).


You can download the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov or call 1-800-433-3243 to have one mailed to you.




The enrollment period for renewal participants is January 15th through June 1st of each year. Submit the Renewal Application and the Statement of Understanding (SOU), available on the links below, to the military department by June 1.


·         CNG EAAP Application – online

·         The Statement of Understanding (Print and hand deliver to your commanding officer for signature.)

·         CNG EAAP Renewal Application (AY 2020-21 paper version)


If any of the dates fall on a weekend, then the following business day date will be used.



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 form.


·         Summer Term Certification for Summer 2019

·         Summer Term Certification for Summer 2020


You may contact the CNG EAAP coordinator by e-mail at ng.ca.caarng.list.cn6-eaap-mailbox-access@mail.mil, by phone at (916) 854-4255 or (916) 854-4446, or by mail at the address below:

California National Guard


9800 Goethe Road Box 37

Sacramento, CA 95827