Grants & Scholarships

Undergraduate Students

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are awarded upon admission and range from $3,000 to $18,000. Academic Scholarships are renewable for up to four years for incoming freshman and up to three years 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 based on a combination of unweighted GPA calculated from high school grades earned during the Sophomore year through the first semester of the Senior year, class rank and test scores.

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

Incoming Transfers

Initial award is determined by Undergraduate Admissions and is based on completion of at least 24 transfer college units by the end of the Fall semester and unweighted GPA. Full-time status while enrolled at Vanguard is required.

Talent Scholarships

Talent scholarships include but are not limited to those awarded by: Athletics, Forensics, 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.

Forensics Scholarship

Available to students involved in the Forensics Program. Awards will vary and are determined by the Forensics Department. Awards are for one year at a time and are renewable upon the recommendation of the Communication Department.

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.

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 $5730 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 & 18th birthday
  • 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

Institutional Grants & Scholarships

AG Emerging Leader

This award of $1500 is available to full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate superior involvement and leadership in their church, community, and/or high school.  Preference is given to students who receive 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, students must apply by an early action admission application deadline and have a Cal Grant GPA of 3.0.  The scholarship may be renewed for up to three years based on maintaining the 3.0 renewal GPA.

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. It is awarded based on the need calculation from the students FAFSA, alongside the rest of their award package. A FAFSA must be submitted by March 2nd to be eligible and to maintain eligibility each year.

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

Institutional Grants & Scholarships

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.

Graduate Educator’s Grant: This 15% discount is awarded to Graduate Education students who are employed full-time teaching in a Christian private school. For more information on how to apply,  please contact the Graduate Education.

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 $5730 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 & 18th birthday
  • 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

Vanguard Church Grant (AG Church Grant Program)

Available to students who are members or are dependents of members of a Vanguard Church. Awards will vary and must be approved by both the Church and Vanguard University before the student may be awarded. Must have and maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA to be eligible. For more information and for a church to request funds for a student, visit the AG Church Grant Program page.

Outside (Private) Scholarships

There are various outside scholarships available. 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. There are a variety of links available below. Remember to be careful when applying for scholarships and that any application which requires a fee, is likely fraudulent.

Outside scholarship checks and documentation should be sent to the Vanguard University Financial Aid Office.

Vanguard University
Attn: Financial Aid Office
55 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa CA 92626

F 714.619.6655
T 714.966.5490
E financialaid@vanguard.edu

To inquire about adding a scholarship source to our site, please email the general FAO email address above.