The California National Guard Education Assistance Award Program (CNGEAAP) issues financial awards to qualifying members of the California National Guard (CNG) and State Military Reserve (SMR). This financial education benefit can pay for up to 100% of 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. With combined military training and a civilian education in areas such as engineering, nursing, communications and information technology, California's National Guard members will be able to serve on two fronts.
An active member of, and 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;
Agree to use the award to obtain a certificate, degree, or diploma that is currently not held;
Have been accepted to, registered at, or enrolled in a qualifying institution as defined by section 69432.7(l) of the California Education Code;
Maintain enrollment in at least three (3) academic units per term;
Agree to maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) annually;
California resident as determined by the institution (based on resident and non-resident tuition); and
Not receiving a Cal Grant award check for the same academic year.
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) found at the FSFA website.
Complete the CNGEAAP application found at the CNGEAAP website.
Download and print the Statement of Understanding found at the CNGEAAP website and have it signed by the veteran's Commander.
Note: Discretionary summers will not be covered by the CNGEAAP. Only participants attending mandatory summers will be eligible for an award check.
For additional information visit the California Student Aid Commissions website.
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