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Grants and Scholarships

Types of Grants and Scholarships

List of Academic Scholarships

Undergraduate Academic Scholarships are awarded upon admission and range from $3,000 to $20,000. Academic Scholarships are renewable for up to four years (8 semesters) for incoming freshman and up to three years (6 semesters) for transfer students, providing the student meets the GPA requirements for renewal. If the renewal GPA is not achieved, student’s academic award may be lowered to the appropriate level. In order to qualify for the highest levels of academic scholarship, students must be admitted on or before March 2nd. See Policies & Procedures for full renewable GPA criteria.

Incoming Freshmen

All scholarships require full-time status while enrolled at Vanguard. Initially, scholarships are awarded by Undergraduate Admissions. Freshmen academic scholarships are awarded based on a comprehensive, holistic model using Cal Grant GPA (grades 10-11, un-weighted core GPA), weighted cumulative class rank, and standardized test score (SAT Critical Reading and Math, or ACT Composite).

  • Presidential
  • Provost
  • Dean
  • Director
  • Founders
  • Gold Pride

Incoming Transfers

Initial award is determined by Undergraduate Admissions. Transfer academic scholarships are awarded based on a calculated transfer core GPA excluding remedial coursework and no more than eight units of physical activity coursework. To be eligible for consideration, transfer students must have successfully completed 12 academic units of graded, transferable coursework.

  • Lion I, II, III, IV, V

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships include but are not limited to those awarded by: Athletics, Music, and Theatre. These scholarships vary depending on each department’s guidelines.

Athletics Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Intercollegiate Athletic Program at Vanguard University. Awards will vary and are determined by the Athletic Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the athletic coach and Athletic Department. Recipients of Athletic Scholarships are not eligible to receive Vanguard Need Grants. Athletics scholarships may only be applied to direct costs. These include tuition and on-campus room and board. These do not include: health insurance, books, transportation, off-campus or with-parent living expenses. Awards will be coordinated with other financial aid.

Music Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Music program as a major. Awards will vary and are determined by the Music Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Music Department.

Theatre Scholarship

Available to students who are Theatre majors. Awards will vary and are determined by the Theatre Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Theatre Department.

List of Federal and State Grants

Federal Grants

Pell Grant

Pell Grant award amounts are dependent on your expected family contribution (EFC); award amounts range from $100-$5,920 for 2017-2018. Your EFC for 2017-2018 must be below 5328 (based on full-time enrollment) in order to qualify. Students may apply for a Pell grant by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Federal Pell Grants are restricted to students pursuing their first undergraduate degree. You may not receive Federal Pell Grant payments concurrently from more than one institution, even if enrolled part-time at each institution.

Federal regulations restrict lifetime eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant to 12 semesters (or 600% Lifetime Eligibility Used or LEU) from the prior maximum of 18 semesters. When you’re awarded a Pell Grant, you are given an annual Pell Grant award. If you attend full-time for a semester, you use 50% of your annual Pell Grant award.

For example:

Type of enrollment% of Pell LEU Used
Full-time enrollment (12+ units) per semester50% per semester
Three-quarters enrollment (9-11 units) per semester 37.5% per semester
Half-time enrollment per semester 25% per semester


Each semester you receive a Pell Grant adds to your total LEU. When your total reaches 600%, you’re no longer eligible for the grant. This total includes all Pell Grant awards received at all institutions attended – and it is retroactive. You may receive Pell Grant funds from only one school at a time. You cannot appeal this federal regulation or request an extension.

To read more about the LEU and how it’s calculated, including examples, click on the link below from the U.S. Department of Education: http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships/pell/calculate-eligibility.

Visit the NSLDS web site to determine the percentage of Pell grant you have received: http://www.nslds.ed.gov/nslds_SA/. Your LEU will be found on the “Financial Aid Review” page.

A student who believes there may be an inaccuracy in the underlying Pell Grant data that is part of the student’s Pell Grant LEU calculation may dispute that information by contacting his or her current school. The student must have filed a FAFSA for the current award year so as to ensure that the current school can view the student’s Pell history.

In order to file a dispute, a student must provide all documentation to the current school in support of the student’s assertion that there is an inaccuracy in the Pell Grant data. This documentation must include a signed and dated statement from the student that provides:

  • The name of the student’s current school to whom the student reported the alleged inaccurate data;
  • The name of the school that reported the alleged inaccurate information;
  • The award year and disputed amount; and
  • The reason the student believes the Pell Grant data are inaccurate.

The current school will provide the student with a response once the case has been investigated.

Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG) is a federal, need-based grant awarded to traditional undergraduate students who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree. Priority is given to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need and who have been awarded a Federal Pell Grant.

Full-time enrollment (12-18 units) is required to receive this award. SEOG funds are limited and funds may not be available for applicants who do not meet Vanguard’s priority funding deadlines. The amount that SEOG eligible students may receive will be between $500 and $1,000 based on financial need and the available funding at Vanguard.

Annual renewal of SEOG is not automatic. Students must apply for federal financial aid each year and meet all federal aid eligibility requirements. Awards depend on fund availability at Vanguard. Traditional undergraduate students are for enrollment beyond eight semesters or for enrollment in a second Bachelor's degree program.

State Grants

Cal Grant A

This is both a need and GPA based award. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a California high school and have been a resident of California at the time of graduation. Students must also submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission and meet the minimum GPA requirement set by the California Student Aid Commission. Finally, students must fall within the income guidelines, which can be found at the CSAC website above. Students will be notified by CSAC if they are eligible for the award.

Cal Grant B

This is awarded to students who demonstrate an especially high level of financial need, typically to students from very low income households. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a California high school and have been a resident of California at the time of graduation. They must also submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission and meet the minimum GPA requirement.

Cal Grant TCP

Undergraduate Cal Grant A and B recipients who are accepted and enrolled in a professional teacher preparation program at Vanguard University within 15 months of the end of the term for which they last received a Cal Grant payment may be eligible to renew their Cal Grant award for an additional year. The additional year of payment is provided to students who are seeking an initial teaching credential and cannot be used for other graduate level courses of study. Eligible students are required to file both a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year for which they wish to receive Cal Grant TCP, and a Request for Cal Grant TCP Benefits (G-44).

Chafee Grant

Grants offered to California foster youth, who have aged out of foster care, to help pay for college or career and technical training. The maximum award amount is $5,000 per school year. It is a federal and state funded grant subject to annual availability of funds.

Eligibility
  • Current or former foster youth under court dependency, anytime between their 16th & 18thbirthday
  • New applicants as of July 1 each year must be at least 16, but not over 22.
  • Paid Chafee students can be renewed through their 23rd birthday.
  • Eligible college, university, or vocational school must participate in Title IV – Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Program length of at least one academic year
  • Maintain at least half-time enrollment
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Must demonstrate financial need: determined by school, award based on unmet need. Funds available up to COA, but cannot exceed $5000.
  • California foster youth can use Chafee funds at colleges outside of CA.
  • Out-of-state foster youth who attend college in CA are also eligible.
  • Foster youth are not required to have a Social Security Number (SSN), meet Selective Service requirements, be clear or loan default or grant over-award, or meet Ability to Benefit (ATB) requirements.
Foster Youth without an SSN
  • Student completes the paper Chafee application (CSAC will assign CSAC ID)
  • Student completes a paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – cannot be processed by federal processor without SSN. Copy is submitted to school & Commission.
  • School must collect paper FAFSA and perform hand calculation of EFC. School will use EFC to calculate student’s unmet need.

Chafee Application | WebGrants Student Access


Institutional Grants and Scholarships

Assemblies of God Emerging Leader

This competitive, annual award of $1,500 may be available to full-time traditional undergraduate students who demonstrate superior involvement and leadership in their Assemblies of God (AG) church, community, and/or high school. Preference is given to students who receive a superior rating at the AG National Fine Arts Festival or National Bible Quiz Finals. A copy of the award certificate should be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. To be eligible, freshman applicants must apply by an early action admission application deadline and have a Cal Grant (grades 10-11, un-weighted core) GPA of 3.0. The scholarship may be renewed for up to three years based on maintaining the 3.0 renewal GPA.

Assemblies of God So Cal Network 50% Tuition Scholarship

Traditional undergraduate students who are dependents of licensed, credentialed or ordained Assemblies of God (AG) So Cal Network ministers will be considered for an Assemblies of God So Cal Network 50% Tuition Scholarships if the total sum of gift aid offered to them by Vanguard University (all VU grants and scholarships) is less than 50% of the cost of tuition. This award ensures that the total amount of gift aid awarded by Vanguard University will equal at least 50% of tuition costs each semester. Verification of eligibility must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions.

Ministry Grant

Traditional Undergraduate Ministry Grant: Ministry Grants of $1,000 annually are available to those involved in full-time Christian service as ordained or licensed ministers and missionaries, or their dependents.

Admissions and Financial Aid confirm eligibility at point of admission. Supporting documentation must be submitted each year by the Financial Registration deadline or the grant will be removed.

National Merit Finalist

Awards up to 100% of tuition are available to full-time undergraduate students selected as National Merit Finalists and entering VUSC as first-time freshmen. Awards are renewable for up to four years based on having and maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA.

Vanguard Need Grant

This is a grant awarded by Vanguard to students who demonstrate particularly high levels of financial need as determined by the FAFSA. A FAFSA must be submitted by March 2nd annually to apply.

For Graduate Students

Academic Scholarships

This tuition discount is for Graduate Education, Psychology, and Religion students who demonstrate the following cumulative GPA during their undergraduate studies:

  • Silver Award (10% discount): 3.50-3.74
  • Gold Award (15% discount): 3.75-4.00

Ministry Award

Graduate Religion Ministry Grant: And award of $75 per unit is available to those enrolled in at least half-time (5 units per semester) who are involved in full-time Christian service as ordained or licensed ministers and missionaries.

Admissions and Financial Aid confirm eligibility at point of admission. Supporting documentation must be submitted each year by the Financial Registration deadline or the grant will be removed.

Christian Educator’s Grant: Students teaching full-time in a Christian school receive a 15% tuition grant. They must be employed in the same area in which the teaching credential or degree will be obtained. Cannot be combined with Academic Scholarships. If you have any questions, please contact Graduate Education.

For Professional Studies Students

Federal & State Grants

Pell Grant

This is a federal grant awarded to students who demonstrate a high level of financial need. It is only available to students completing their first undergraduate degree. The amount awarded to each student varies according to need, up to a maximum. Currently,the maximum Pell Grant award for a full-time student is $5,815 per academic year. This is typically equally split between the number of semesters the student is enrolled in for the year.

Cal Grant

Cal Grant A

This is both a need and GPA based award. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a California high school and have been a resident of California at the time of graduation. Students must also submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission and meet the minimum GPA requirement set by the California Student Aid Commission. Finally, students must fall within the income guidelines, which can be found at the CSAC website above. Students will be notified by CSAC if they are eligible for the award.

Cal Grant B

This is awarded to students who demonstrate an especially high level of financial need, typically to students from very low income households. In order to be eligible, students must have graduated from a California high school and have been a resident of California at the time of graduation. They must also submit a GPA verification form to the California Student Aid Commission and meet the minimum GPA requirement.

Chafee

Grants offered to California foster youth, who have aged out of foster care, to help pay for college or career and technical training. The maximum award amount is $5,000 per school year. It is a federal and state funded grant subject to annual availability of funds.

Eligibility
  • Current or former foster youth under court dependency, anytime between their 16th & 18thbirthday
  • New applicants as of July 1 each year must be at least 16, but not over 22.
  • Paid Chafee students can be renewed through their 23rd birthday.
  • Eligible college, university, or vocational school must participate in Title IV – Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Program length of at least one academic year
  • Maintain at least half-time enrollment
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Must demonstrate financial need: determined by school, award based on unmet need. Funds available up to COA, but cannot exceed $5000.
  • California foster youth can use Chafee funds at colleges outside of CA.
  • Out-of-state foster youth who attend college in CA are also eligible.
  • Foster youth are not required to have a Social Security Number (SSN), meet Selective Service requirements, be clear or loan default or grant over-award, or meet Ability to Benefit (ATB) requirements.
Foster Youth without an SSN
  • Student completes the paper Chafee application (CSAC will assign CSAC ID)
  • Student completes a paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – cannot be processed by federal processor without SSN. Copy is submitted to school & Commission.
  • School must collect paper FAFSA and perform hand calculation of EFC. School will use EFC to calculate student’s unmet need.

Chafee Application | WebGrants Student Access

GEAR UP

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs

On April 27, 1999 the California Education Round Table, on behalf of the State of California, sponsored a proposal entitled, “California State GEAR UP Grant: Enhancing the Capacity of California’s Middle Schools to Improve Student Achievement and Preparation for College.” A federal grant from the United States Department of Education (USED) was approved in support of the State’s commitment to developing an infrastructure within California that would enable it to obtain its goals and objectives.

The goal of this project is to develop and sustain the organizational capacity of middle schools to prepare all students for high school and postsecondary education through the establishment of a statewide infrastructure, or network of support, for the adults who influence middle school students, specifically their counselors, faculty, school leaders, and families. As a result of this expanded capacity, a higher proportion of students, particularly those from backgrounds and communities that have not historically pursued a college education, will enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.

CA State GEAR UP Site | National GEAR UP Site | CSAC GEAR UP Information

All Programs

ALL PROGRAMS

Assemblies of God Church Grant Program

Available to students who are members of an Assemblies of God Church. Awards will vary and must be requested by the Church and approved by Vanguard University's Office of Fiscal Management before the student may be awarded. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA to be eligible.

For churches who would like to award a scholarship, please visit the AG Church Scholarship Program page.

Outside (Private) Scholarships

Outside scholarships are a great resource to help you fund your education. We encourage students to start searching for outside scholarships as early as possible in their college application process, as many awarding committees award scholarships a year or more ahead. Check with your high school, congregation, your parent(s)’ employer(s), community organizations, and online for scholarship opportunities. Remember to be careful when applying for scholarships. If it costs you money to search or apply for a scholarship, it is probably not a legitimate opportunity. Most scholarships are for one year; therefore students should continue to search for outside scholarships throughout their four years at Vanguard University. The Financial Aid Office posts various scholarship opportunities throughout the year. Below, we have provided a variety of links to scholarship search engines and organizations with scholarship programs.

General Scholarship Search Databases

Organization Scholarship Programs

Outside scholarship checks and acceptance notifications should be sent to the Vanguard University Financial Aid Office to be coordinated with the student's financial aid award. Please address checks to Vanguard University and include the student’s name in the memo or in a letter included with the check. Thank you for helping our students achieve their academic goals.

All inquiries regarding adding a scholarship source to our site should be sent to financialaid@vanguard.edu. Please include a link to your website scholarship page in the email.