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Financial Aid


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available annually on October 1 (December for the 2024-25 FAFSA). The priority deadline for funding is May 2, 2024; all new and returning students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by May 2, 2024 to ensure consideration 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 May 2, 2024 priority funding deadline each year. Be sure to add Vanguard's school code - 001293.

Step 3: Within 3 days of submitting your FAFSA, you will receive your Student Aid Report (SAR), which contains important information about the status of your FAFSA, including your Student Aid Index (SAI), any required corrections and Verification status. The Financial Aid Office (FAO) will receive your FAFSA information electronically. The FAO will communicate with you via your Vanguard email and myVU messaging. Continue to monitor these resources for your award notification, updates and requests for additional information.

Schedule a Financial Aid appointment:

Current students: Schedule a 15 or 30-minute in-person, phone or virtual appointment.

Current student - schedule now

New 2024 Traditional Undergraduate students: Schedule a 30-minute in-person, phone or virtual appointment.

New student - schedule now

Electronic submission of documents by uploading through Financial Aid Self-Service is preferred. 

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.

Contact Us

Vanguard University

Attn: Financial Aid
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

24/7 access to student financial aid: Financial Aid Self-Service

Scott Academic Center, 1st floor

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

Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8am-5pm

FAFSA School Code: 001293


Students selected for verification should promptly submit the required documentation. Go to Self-Service to view your Checklist and Required Documents.

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

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.