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Financial Aid

Schedule a Financial Aid appointment.

For Financial Aid assistance, it is recommended that students schedule an appointment, which can be conducted in-person or via phone or Zoom, in advance due to volume. 15 and 30-minute appointments are available. Due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions, in-person appointments must be scheduled in advance for physical distance planning and building access. Face coverings are required.

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Electronic submission of documents by scanning and emailing to financialaid@vanguard.edu is preferred. 


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available annually on October 1. The priority funding deadline is March 2; all new and returning students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 2 each year to ensure that they are considered for all types of aid, including grants and scholarships with limited award amounts. Vanguard’s school code is 001293.

Step 1: All students (and one parent for Dependent students) must obtain an FSA ID to sign their FAFSA electronically

Step 2: Complete the FAFSA by the March 2 priority funding deadline each year. Be sure to add Vanguard's school code - 001293.

Step 3: Keep in touch! After you complete your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) which contains important information about the status of your FAFSA, including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), any required corrections, and Verification status. The Financial Aid Office will communicate with via your Lion Email and myVU messaging. Continue to monitor these resources for your award notification, updates and requests for additional information.

How to Apply

Financial Aid Policies

Federal Verification

Withdrawals and Leave of Absence

Email Security Disclaimer

Email is not a secure form of communication. Though your email and any files transmitted with it are treated as confidential and intended solely for the use of the Financial Aid Office, email can conceivably be intercepted at numerous points along its route of transmission, and it is stored briefly at several different servers along the way before it is delivered. For your security, the Vanguard University Financial Aid Office asks that you DO NOT send any document with a social security number via email. Either mask any social security numbers before sending the email or use an alternate method to submit the forms: mail, fax, in-person.


Complete your 20/21 FAFSA starting October 1! Gather your 2018 tax documents and visit www.fafsa.gov or download the myStudentAid for your mobile device. The 2020-2021 application opens on October 1, 2019.

Returning students selected for verification are not awarded financial aid until verification is complete! Visit the communication tab of myVU to review any missing documents requested by the Financial Aid Office.

Review your student loan borrowing history! Visit www.nslds.ed.gov

Direct Loan origination fees change 10/01/19. If your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans are not already disbursed to your student account, they will be cancelled. If you would like to request your loans be reinstated, you must complete Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) at studentloans.gov, and then submit a Loan Change Form to the Financial Aid Office at least 15 days before the end of the fall term.


Contact Us

Vanguard University

Attn: Financial Aid
55 Fair Dr.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

T: 714.966.5490
F: 714.619.6655
E: financialaid@vanguard.edu

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5 pm

1st Floor of the Scott Academic Center

FAFSA School Code: 001293

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.