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Funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this free guide will answer all those tricky FAFSA questions, especially for those with non-traditional and unique family situations.

FAFSA Tutorial

Watch this video on YouTube for a step-by-step process on how to file a FAFSA.

Making a Budget

With college being a new experience for most, it is important to start budgeting as soon as possible. Provided is a Monthly Budget Planner Excel spreadsheet to help jumpstart you on the right track.

Financial Aid Awareness

  • The Department of Education offers information to help you obtain an in-depth understanding of what your awards are and your responsibility after college. Complete Financial Awareness Counseling here.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Know Before You Owe Private Loan; Important information for students & young Americans

Life After College

What comes after college can be a daunting question and an unknown process. The following loan repayment and information listed below can help:

USA Funds Life Skills

Through Vanguard University, you now have access to USA Funds® Life Skills®, a free online learning program that offers you advice for managing your time and money wisely while on campus and after graduation. This Student Guide provides basic information about the tool and outlines the steps necessary to access and complete the lesson(s) that your school has assigned to you.


New users are required to complete a simple, one-time registration process. Once you complete the initial registration process, only your username and password are required for future visits.

  1. Open your browser and go to lifeskills.org.
    • Helpful hint: Save this address as a favorite to simplify access.
  2. Click “Request a new account” in the login box to create your account.
  3. Complete all of the information on the “Request Account” page. Some fields require the school defined information listed below.
    • Enter your school e-mail address as your username.
    • Enter the student ID number assigned to you by your institution as your school-assigned student ID.
    • Enter 00129300 as your School Code. Note: This code must be entered exactly as shown here.
    • Enter 00129300-01 as your Student Access Code. Note: This code must be entered exactly as shown here.
  4. Click “Create Account” in the lower right corner to create your account.
    • Note: If you forget your password, click “Forgot your password?” in the login box to receive an email containing your password to the email address you provided when you created your account.


To access and complete the lessons, follow these steps:

  1. Select “My Catalog” from the left navigation menu or select the “My Catalog” tab at the top of the page.
  2. Select the name of a lesson and click “Enroll” on the right side of the screen.
    • Lessons can be completed in any order. If you are unable to complete a lesson in one visit, you may return to it at any time and continue where you left off. Click the name of the lesson under “My Learning” on your home page to return to the lesson in progress.
  3. Click on the name of the lesson again under “OLT Lessons” to begin.
    • Note: Your computer settings must be set to allow pop-ups to access the lesson. The lessons also contain sound, you may want to use headphones.
  4. Click “Next” to advance through the lesson.
  5. Complete the Lesson Challenge quiz at the end of the lesson. You must achieve 70 percent or higher to pass the lesson. Once achieved, your score will be recorded on your transcript as well as your school’s weekly report. (See next section for transcript information.)
    • Scroll to the bottom of the Lesson Challenge results and click “Print” to print your quiz results.
  6. Click “Ok” to close your quiz results and click “Close Window” to exit the lesson.
  7. Click “USA Funds Life Skills Survey” under “Course Activities” to complete a brief survey about the lesson.
  8. Click the “Home” tab to return to the Home page.
  9. Repeat the previous steps until you have completed all of the lessons assigned to you.

You can review the lessons and retake “Lesson Challenges” to improve your score at any time by navigating to the lesson through the course catalog.

The curriculum covers the following topics:

  • 100 level lessons will help you find resources to pay for college, understand the steps required to apply for financial aid and prepare to repay your student loans.
  • 200 level lessons will help you manage your school and personal life by living on a budget, selecting the right program of study and setting career, financial and educational goals.
  • 300 level lessons will help you search for a job, prepare for an interview and understand the details related to life after graduation.
  • 400 level lessons will help you manage your debt including credit cards, understand credit scores and reports, protect yourself from identity theft, and maximize your savings.
  • 600 level lessons will help you survive and pay for graduate school, and manage debt during school and prepare for life after graduate school.
  • 700 level lessons will help couples — where at least one person is in school — balance time, money and relationships with the demands of completing graduate school.

See Your Results

A printable transcript of your lesson activity is available at any time.

  1. Click “My Transcripts” in the left navigation menu.
    • Your transcript will provide details about any lesson in which you have enrolled, including completion status, registration date, completion date and final assessment score.
  2. You have the option to print or export your transcript.
    • Click “Print” in the upper right corner to print your transcript.
    • Click “Export” in the upper right corner, choose an export format and click “Export” to create an electronic version of your transcript.

Complete Multiple Assignments

If you are assigned multiple lessons from different staff (for example, one group of lessons from the Financial Aid Office and another group of lessons from a Professor), you will need to enter additional access codes to your account. This is required for your lesson completion results to be accurately reported to those who assigned the USA Funds, Life Skills lessons to you.

  1. Click “My Account” in the left navigation menu.
  2. Enter the additional code(s) in the available Student Access Code fields.
    • Note: If you override an existing code with a new code, your completion results no longer will be reported to the person who provided the existing code.
  3. Click “Update.”

Get Help

For assistance, use the “Contact Us” link or call USA Funds Customer Support, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Eastern time at (800) 766-0084. After these hours, support is available at (866) 722-1470.

Other Types of Assistance


In exchange for a year of full-time service, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award (equal to the maximum Pell Grant) that helps pay for college or pay back student loans.

GI Bill & Yellow Ribbon

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. The program provides for an agreement between Vanguard University and the Veterans Administration (VA) to award scholarships to qualified students to fund tuition and fees that exceed benefits available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). Under the agreement the VA will match Vanguard University’s scholarship contribution.


  • Students must qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill through the Veterans Administration and elect to receive benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill program.
  • Students must qualify for Yellow Ribbon program benefits as defined by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program.
  • Scholarships are available and are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as required by the Yellow Ribbon program agreement.


  • Recipients may receive varying amounts to be determined by semester enrollment, tuition and fee charges.
  • Recipients will be awarded in the current and subsequent academic years in which the university participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and the student maintains continued enrollment and satisfactory progress according to the University Catalog.


  • For students enrolled in the Traditional Undergraduate Program: $10,000 per year (Fall, Spring, & Summer)
  • For students enrolled in the Professional Studies Undergraduate Program: $2,250 per year (Fall, Spring, & Summer)

ROTC Scholarship

Whether you’re a high school student gearing up for college or already attending a college or university, Army ROTC has a scholarship for you. ROTC scholarships are awarded based on a student’s merit and grades, not financial need. ROTC Scholarships website

And they’re offered in the following forms:

  • Two-, three-, and four-year scholarship options based on the time remaining to complete your degree
  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • Options for room and board in place of tuition, if you qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

Apply Here

Army ROTC scholarships provide monthly living allowances for each school year. You can earn different amounts depending on your level in the Army ROTC curriculum.

  • 1st year, $300/month
  • 2nd year, $350/month
  • 3rd year, $450/month
  • 4th year, $500/month

This allowance is also available to all non-scholarship cadets enrolled in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (3rd and 4th years).

Tuition & Exchange Waiver

Vanguard University is a proud member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and participates in the Tuition Waiver Exchange Program (TWEP). This program is open to undergraduate dependents of full-time faculty, staff and administrators who have one full year of employment and offers the opportunity for dependents to attend another participating CCCU member school. Vanguard offers one waiver per year with a maximum of four on campus each year. There is no cost for the student in applying for and receiving this waiver. The waiver covers full tuition only. All non-tuition charges (e.g., room, board, and fees) are the responsibility of the student. You can learn more about this program and find a list of participating member institutions on the CCCU TWEP website.

Vanguard is also a member of The Tuition Exchange Inc. (TEI), a non-faith based organization with over 600 participating member institutions. This program is literally an exchange program in that each institution must maintain a balance between students sent to other schools (“exports”) and students received on the exchange (“imports”). The Vanguard family receiving the waiver is required to pay a $35 annual fee for participation in the Tuition Exchange program. Most scholarships cover four years of undergraduate education as long as the student meets necessary institutional standards. Scholarships cover full tuition, one-half tuition for a non-resident at a public institution or a rate set by The Tuition Exchange. All non-tuition charges (e.g., room, board, and fees) are the responsibility of the student.

Federal Work Study

Work Study jobs are available to students who still have unmet need after traditional financial aid has been awarded. Work study jobs are typically on campus. The wages earned from work study are not counted toward student income when you file the following years FAFSA, so they are a way to reduce your expected family contribution, while still having a part time job. For further information about on campus work study positions, contact the careers center: https://www.vanguard.edu/resources/career-serviceshttp://www.vanguard.edu/career/

If you have not worked on campus previously, you must submit the following information to the Payroll Office before you begin working:

  • An Employee Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9)
  • Acceptable documentation to establish your identity and employment eligibility
  • A W-4 Form.

Once hired by a department, you will submit timecards of hours worked on the dates indicated on your timecards to your supervisor for signature and verification of accuracy and then submission of timecard to the Payroll Office.

Restrictions on Work-Study employment include, but are not limited to:

  • You may not work more than 20 hours per week
  • You may not be paid for working more than one job during the same hours,
  • You cannot work during hours you are scheduled to be in class.

Sufficient employment opportunities are available but not guaranteed. Students may contact the Financial Aid Office to obtain a Federal Work-Study Application or download it online here. The Financial Aid Office cannot accept an application that does not have a supervisor signature on it. Please ensure a job is secured and the application is completed in full before submitting it to the FAO.