Financial Assistance

Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available to cover encampment fees and uniforms with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets through the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program or CEAP (say, “seep”). An inability to afford encampment should not hold back cadets who want to participate in encampment.


Financial Eligibility. Assistance is targeted towards families who cannot easily afford encampment. Priority is given to families enrolled in federal programs (Snap, WIC, Title I, SSDI disability, etc.) but other families self-identifying a financial need are welcome to apply, including families with two or more cadets in CAP, recently unemployed, or those experiencing other financial challenges.

First-Year & Returnees. Priority is given to first-time encampment attendees, but graduates wanting to attend a second or third encampment are welcome to apply.

What assistance is available?

Cadets and their families may apply for assistance with encampment fees, uniforms, or both.

Tuition. Encampment fee assistance will cover 100% of the tuition fees and will be paid directly to the hosting wing.

Uniforms. Uniform assistance is provided in the form of vouchers that may be used for specific uniform items at Vanguard. The  voucher may be for $75 or $125, depending on the priority level of the cadet.

How do I apply?

Visit eServices, open the “Cadet Encampment Assistance Program” module, and follow the on-screen instructions to apply for CEAP. However, you will also need to apply for encampment itself, if you haven’t already. Click here for a more detailed walk-through of the application process.


March 1             CEAP applications open for spring and summer encampments.

Applications close 30 days before the start of encampment. Assistance is prioritized by need, first-timer status, and date of application, so don’t wait to apply.

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