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USAFA Prep School

Each year HQ CAP submits recommendations to the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) for one cadet to attend the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School. The Prep School's one-year program (valued at over $32,500) greatly increases a student's potential for admission to the Academy.  It is a fantastic opportunity for cadets who might not otherwise qualify for appointment to the Academy


Step 1: USAFA Application
Applicants must first apply directly to the USAFA using the USAFA Application for Admission, available at  

Cadets must request the USAFA application by 31 December of their senior year. USAFA must receive the completed application by 31 January.
Step 2: Civil Air Patrol Application
Apply for CAP scholarship in accordance with the directions on the application procedures page.  

1.  Be a current CAP cadet and have earned the Mitchell Award;
2.  Meet all of the requirements for an Academy cadet.

Applications receiving a CAP recommendation will be forwarded to USAFA.  Academy officials make the final selection(s) and announce them in the Spring, usually in April.  Only 1 cadet receiving the recommendation will be awarded placement at the USAFA Prep provided there is space available, and they meet prep school academic standards.

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