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Veteran Students

Use Your Benefits to Begin Your Education

Thank you for serving our country. Now it’s time to start a fresh chapter in a community of veteran students who have been in your shoes. Are you ready to start your next chapter at a premier Christian college in California? Getting started is simple:

After receiving your CCCID and completing the CCCApply registration apply to be a student at Vanguard University.

Programs offered

Residential Undergraduate

Your story starts here

Step 1: Apply for Admission to Vanguard University

Your Story Matters. Apply Now.

Step 2: Apply for your veterans benefits

Submit all Veterans Education Benefit forms to Vanguard University VA School Certifying Official (VASCO) including the following documents:

Please be aware the VONAPP website is retired. If you submitted an application in VONAPP, your request will be processed and you will be contacted for any needed information or additional steps. All application forms in VONAPP are now available on www.va.gov or use the links provided below.

Click here to submit your forms now

VONAAP is Retired

Please be aware the VONAPP website is no longer available. Please use the links provided below to locate the required form and the new website where all forms can found at www.va.gov.

Application Form in VONAPP
Current Location to Apply Online
Application for Burial Benefits (VA Form 21P-530)


Application for Pension (VA Form 21P-527EZ) https://www.va.gov/pension/application/527EZ/introduction
Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-1990) https://www.va.gov/education/how-to-apply/
Application for VA Education Benefits Under the National Call to Service Program (VA Form 22-1990N) https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/national-call-to-service-program/
Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits (VA Form 22-1990E) https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/
Dependents’ Application for VA Education Benefits (VA Form 22-5490) https://www.va.gov/education/survivor-dependent-benefits/
Dependents’ Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-5495)  https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/
Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (VA Form 22-1995) https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/
Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation (VA Form 28-1900) https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/how-to-apply/


Step 3: Request certification of your VA benefits

Complete the Request for VA Benefits  to verify your benefits. Certification is not automatic, therefore ensure to complete the Request for Benefits every semester after your enroll in courses.

Pay your enrollment fees through Vanguard University Marketplace or by visiting the Cashier's Office located on the first floor of the Scott Building.

Submit VA Form 22-1990 to the VA Certifying Official

Step 4: Apply for financial aid

Enrollment Certification Request

Complete the Federal Student Aid (FASFA) Maximize the financial assistance you are eligible for. For assistance or other inquiries contact the Vanguard University Financial Aid Office

Yellow Ribbon Program Description and Application 

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

Eligibility & Award

  • 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. 

  • Recipients may receive varying amounts to be determined by semester enrollment, tuition and fees 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

  • Students participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program are disqualified from receiving institutional financial aid per academic year. Consulting a financial aid counselor prior to enrollment is strong suggested. 

How to Apply 

Step 5: Secure Your Seat at Vanguard University

Spring 2020

Submit your $400 Spring 2020 Enrollment Deposit for Spring 2020 along with the Acknowledgement of Acceptance Form and mail it to admissions (address below) or scan them and email it to admissions@vanguard.edu. The Enrollment Deposit is refundable in writing. You may also pay your Enrollment Deposit by credit card online at vanguard.edu/pay.

Fall 2020

Submit your $300 Enrollment Deposit for Fall 2020, along with the Acknowledgement of Acceptance Form and mail it to admissions (address below) or scan them and email them to admissions@vanguard.edu by May 1, 2020, or within two weeks from the date an offer of admissions is received (whichever is later). The Enrollment Deposit is refundable in writing through May 1, 2020. You may also pay your Enrollment Deposit by credit card online at vanguard.edu/pay.

Vanguard University, Attn: Admissions, 55 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Submit your Enrollment Deposit

Acknowledgement of Acceptance Form

Submit Acknowledgement of Acceptance Form to Admissions

Step 6: Submit Your On-Campus Housing Application or Off-Campus Petition

Download information regarding student housing and meal plans. Starting Fall 2020, there will be a separate $200 Housing Deposit for those planning to live on campus. Please review this information and visit vanguard.edu/housing to submit your online housing forms.

Step 7: Attend Academic Registration and Enroll in Classes

Mark your calendar for your preferred on-campus Academic Registration date: May 29, 2020; June 8, 2020; June 12, 2020; June 22, 2020; and July 13, 2020.

Step 8: Financially Register with the Office of Accounting

Financial Registration with the Office of Accounting Operation must be completed. Information will be provided at Academic Registration.

You can pay your enrollment fees through your MyVU Student Portal with financial aid award or cash by visiting the Cashier's Office located on the first floor of the Scott Building. For more information please visit the Office of Accounting.

Step 9: Purchase books and class materials

You can view and purchase the required textbooks through the Vanguard Bookstore. Simply enter your ID number in the Student ID field to see the required texts or search by the course title.

Download and complete the VA Form 28-1905m and submit it to the VA Certifying Official.

VA Form 28-1905m

Submit form to the VA Certifying Official 

Step 10: Attend New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Please clear your schedules for January 10-12, 2020.

We are excited to greet you on Friday, January 10, 2020. Orientation programming is still being finalized. You will find a sample schedule based on Orientation 2019

We are glad you’ve chosen to pursue your education at Vanguard. There are so many exciting things awaiting you once you arrive. Welcome Week (Orientation) is an essential part of making a successful transition into our community, so clear your calendar and make plans to attend. Once you arrive, you will be introduced to student life at Vanguard via orientation. Orientation is a three-day program that assists new students get acquainted with one another and acclimated into university life on our campus.

Don’t miss your chance to be known and to get to know your new peers!

Step 11: Order your Parking Pass

Step 12: Attend the first day of class

It is important to attend your first day of class. Students that do not attend the first day are subject to being administratively withdrawn without notice. In case of an emergency, you must contact the professor directly prior to the first day of class. Contacting the professor about your absence does not guarantee your placement on the class roster and is at the discretion of the professor. 

If you are on a waitlist you will need to attend the first day of class and request permission from the professor to complete registration. Students on the waitlist are not guaranteed placement on the class roster and are based on availability. 


Where is the Veterans Center?

The Veterans Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Academic Center.

What am I Eligible For?

To be eligible for Veterans Administration (VA) education benefits you must determine which Chapter you belong to. Click on the links to determine what VA Chapter you qualify for.

Chapter 30: Prior Active Duty

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 35: Post 9/11 G.I. Bill

Chapter 35: Dependent of Eligible Veteran

Chapter 1606: Selective Service

Do I renew my benefits every semester?

How do I pick a major?

The VA requires you declare a major in order to receive VA Education Benefits.

Please refer to the Course Catalog for more information on all majors.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program is a GI Education Enhancement Program that provides an agreement between Vanguard University and the Veterans Administration (VA) to award scholarships to qualified students to fund tuition and mandatory fees that exceed benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

Click here to apply

How do I access and manage my VA benefits?

What are the GI Bill Pay Rates for Chapters 30, 33, 1606, and 35?

What is the GI Bill Pay Rate for Chapter 31?

Do you offer priority registration?


Where can I find the Student Certification of Enrollment (Chapter 30 only)?

Where can I find tuition waivers for Veterans' Dependents?

Does VU offer any scholarships for Veterans?