Welcome to Financial Aid

Mission Statement

We are committed to counseling, advising, and educating our campus community with the utmost care. We provide students with the resources to make a Vanguard education financially attainable by balancing responsible stewardship of all financial aid funds with student-centered values.

Important Dates

Spring 2017: New Undergraduate Students

October

  • Submit 2016-2017 FAFSA
    • School code: 001293

December 1

  • 5 month payment plan begins
  • Regular scholarship consideration and application decision within four weeks

January

  • January 1: 4 month payment plan begins
  • January 3: Financial registration deadline
  • January 9: Classes begin

Fall 2017: New Undergraduate Students

October

  • 2017-2018 FAFSA & California Dream Act now available (priority deadline March 2)
    • FAFSA – click here
    • California Dream Act – click here
      • School code: 001293
  • Cal Grant GPA verification form available (deadline March 2)
  • Begin applying for outside scholarships (see our list here), through your high school, community college and in your area

December 1

  • Freshmen Early Action Deadline (top scholarship consideration & decision by January 15)

January 15: Priority Deadline (top scholarship consideration & decision by March 2)

March 2

  • Regular Decision Deadline (regular scholarship consideration & decision within 4 weeks
  • FAFSA & California Dream Act priority deadline
  • Cal Grant deadline

May 1

  • National Candidate Reply Date
    • Secure your seat at Vanguard ($400 enrollment deposit – non-refundable after May 1)
  • Verification documents priority deadline (visit the Communication tab on MyVU portal to view documents)

July

  • Begin applying for Parent PLUS or private loans
  • July 1: 5 month payment plan begins

August 1: 4 month payment plan begins

Spring 2017: Returning Students

October

  • October 1: 2017-2018 FAFSA is now available
    • School code: 001293
  • October 20: Last day to turn in all required documents (visit the Communication tab on MyVU portal to view documents)

December

  • December 1: 5 month payment plan begins
  • December 5: Last day of classes

January

  • January 1: Spring 4 month payment plan begins
  • January 3: Spring financial registration deadline
  • January 9: Classes begin

Fall 2017: Returning Students

October

  • 2017-2018 FAFSA and California Dream Act now available (priority deadline March 2)
    • FAFSA – click here
    • California Dream Act – click here
      • School code: 001293
  • Cal Grant GPA verification form now available (deadline March 2)

March 2

  • FAFSA & California Dream Act Application priority deadline
  • Cal Grant deadline

May 1

  • Verification documents priority deadline (visit the Communication tab on MyVU portal to view documents)
  • Summer financial registration deadline
  • May 8: Summer session begins

July

  • Begin applying for Parent PLUS or private loans
  • July 1: 5 month payment plan begins

August 1: 4 month payment plan begins