California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program​ 


Active members in the California National Guard, the State Military Reserve, or the Naval Militia, may be eligible for a state-funded program designed to provide an educational incentive to improve skills, competencies and abilities.  
What is the CNG EAAP?
The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNG EAAP) is a State-funded grant for up to 1,000 service members in the California National Guard (CNG) or the California State Military Reserve (SMR) or as many participants as the annual budget will allow.
This Program authorizes the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to make payments to eligible program participants and is administered by CSAC.
Grant Amounts
Participants can receive up to the amount of the Cal Grant A award for attending the University of California or the California State University, up to the Cal Grant B award for attending a community college, or up to the University of California Cal Grant A amount for attending a non-public institution. Graduates may receive an additional $500 for books and supplies.
Applicant Eligibility Criteria
  • Be an active member who has served two (2) years in, the CNG or the SMR
  • Agree to remain an active member in the CNG or the SMR throughout the participation period in the CNG EAAP 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 term, or the equivalent, at a qualifying institution as defined by section 69432.7(l) of the California Education Code
  • Agree to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) annually
  • Be a resident of California for at least one year.  


How do I apply for the CNG EAAP?
Initial Applicants:
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.
Initial applicants must submit all three items for a complete application
1.   EAAP application
2.   Free Application for Federal Student Aid
3.   Statement of Understanding
Renewal Applicants:
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.
·  The Statement of Understanding  (Print and hand deliver to your commanding officer for signature.)
·  CNG EAAP Renewal Application (paper version)  
If any of the dates fall on a weekend, then the following business day date will be used 
How do I receive my CNG EAAP Grant?
1.  When CNG EAAP funds are available, CSAC will send you an award email. The check will be mailed to the RCC Student Accounts office for student pick up. When the CNG EAAP funds are available for student pick up, the SFS office will send you an award email.
CNG EAAP Resources