Enrollment Requirements

Students receiving financial aid are generally required to be admitted as regular standing students and are expected to maintain a full-time class load each semester. Most Vanguard University scholarships require full-time enrollment. Students not maintaining full-time enrollment during a semester will be subject to reduction or cancellation of financial aid. Students applying for Federal Direct or PLUS Loans must be enrolled at least half-time. Students receiving Cal Grant or Pell Grant will have the award pro-rated based on enrollment status as determined for each semester of the academic year. The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and Perkins Loan require full-time enrollment. Please note: graduate students are generally expected to maintain a half-time class load each semester. Institutional financial aid will be cancelled for undergraduate students enrolled less than full-time or graduate students enrolled less than half-time.

Traditional Undergraduate & Graduate Students

The Financial Aid Office will review the enrollment status of each traditional undergraduate and graduate student receiving financial aid once a semester at Census, 15 days from the start of each semester. Financial aid will be frozen according to enrollment status at Census. Students who add or drop a class after Census will not have financial aid adjusted for the remainder of the semester. Units dropped after the enrollment checkpoint could result in future financial aid eligibility being affected according to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid. Students who remain enrolled but cease attending classes (unofficially withdraw) will be subject to the return of financial aid based upon the Return to Title IV policy.

  • Undergraduate students are required to notify the Financial Aid Office if they will enroll or drop below full-time enrollment status during any term of attendance at Vanguard University.
  • Graduate and Credential students are required to notify the Financial Aid Office if adding or dropping any classes during any term of attendance at Vanguard University.

Professional Studies Students

In accordance with federal regulations, the Financial Aid Office will recalculate federal and state student aid awards based on enrollment status as of the 10th day of all courses taught in modules. After the 10th day of the module (Enrollment Check Point), students cannot request changes to federal or state grant aid, Federal Work-Study, or Federal Perkins Loans for that module. Changes to Federal Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loans are allowed if a student wishes to decrease or decline loan(s), or increase a loan if the student had previously declined a portion of or all of any one of these loans, as long as all other eligibility requirements are met. Eligibility for these federal programs may be affected by schedule changes after the Enrollment Check Point, for students in courses starting after Enrollment Check Point, or those who have had FAFSA information or corrections submitted after the Enrollment Check Point. Units dropped after the enrollment checkpoint could result in future financial aid eligibility being affected according to the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements for financial aid. Students who remain enrolled but cease attending classes (unofficially withdraw) will be subject to the return of financial aid based upon the Return to Title IV policy. Please note that Professional Studies students must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) to receive Direct Loans.

VU Enrollment Status Definition

Full-Time

  • Undergraduate/Credential: 12-18 units
  • Professional Studies: 12-18 units
  • Graduate: 9 units

Half-Time

  • Undergraduate/Credential: 6 units
  • Professional Studies: 6 units
  • Graduate: 5 units

Institutional Aid That Requires Full-Time Status

  • Academic/Merit Scholarships
  • AG Emerging Leader/Fine Arts Merit Scholarship
  • Ministry Scholarships
  • Vanguard Need Grant
  • National Merit Finalist Scholarship
  • Talent Scholarship

A student may appeal in writing to the Financial Aid Office to receive institutional grants and scholarships for attending part-time in any given semester. The appeal must be submitted in writing before Census each semester. If the appeal is approved, financial aid will be pro-rated based on enrollment status for the approved semester. A student may receive only one semester of pro-rated aid while enrolled at Vanguard University. The General Petition form can be found on the Forms page.

Part-Time Pro-Rated Aid

Traditional Undergraduate & Credential Students

  • 9-11 units: 75% of full-time scheduled award
  • 6-8 units: 50% of full-time scheduled award
  • 3-5 units: 25% of full-time scheduled award
  • 1-2 units: 0% of the full-time scheduled award

Graduate Students

  • 5-8 units: 50% of full-time scheduled award
  • 1-4 units: 0% of the full-time scheduled award