California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program
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​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 the Universities of California, California State Universities and California Community Colleges. It can also be used for eligible California proprietary and public institutions.  

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Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 academic year!

 The 2015-2016 academic year starts July 1, 2015 and ends on June 30, 2016.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic year on a first-come, first-serve basis until we no longer have authority to do so.

To apply, click on the appropriate link on the right.


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


To find the list of eligible institutions, go to 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, or you can reach Ms. Beck by phone at (916) 854-4255 or Ms. Cortez at 916-854-4446.   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 web page.



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