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Financial Aid

Financial Aid Basics

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND VANGUARD UNIVERSITY?

Cost of Attendance (COA) is made up of direct and indirect costs.

Direct Costs

Direct Costs are the charges actually applied to the student account. Typically this includes tuition, fees, and room & board (if living on campus).

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs are any costs that can contribute to your educational expenses. Typically this includes books, transportation, etc.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution is generated by the FAFSA in order to determine what an individual and their family might be able to contribute to the student’s educational expenses. EFC also determines eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid.

Parent Contribution – Student Contribution = EFC

Financial Need

After EFC is determined, the gap left between costs and contribution is called “Financial Need.”

COA – EFC = Financial Need

Types of Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office helps close the gap through three types of aid:

  • Institutional: Academic Scholarships, Vanguard Need Grant, Talent Scholarships
  • Need Based Aid: Grants, Federal Work Study, Perkins Loan, Subsidized Loan
  • Non-Need Based Aid: Unsubsidized Loan, PLUS Loan, Private Loan

WHERE DO I START?

File your FAFSA by March 2nd!

Vanguard’s school code: 001293

Important Deadlines

March 2

The FAFSA Priority Deadline: If you were not able to complete it by March 2, please still submit the FAFSA as soon as possible. The FAFSA school code for Vanguard University is 001293.

May 1
  • The National Candidate Reply Date for Admission: All incoming freshmen must submit the non-refundable enrollment deposit of $400 to confirm enrollment in the fall class.
  • Accept Your Financial Aid Award: Once you have made your enrollment deposit and received your Award Letter, login to your myVU Portal and accept or decline the awards you have been offered.
  • Verification Document Priority Deadline: All students selected for verification should have all required documents submitted by May 1 in order to ensure awarding is complete by the Financial Registration deadline of August 1.

June

Registration Statements are Sent: The Office of Accounting Operations will send a registration statement to students electronically that shows your charges and estimated financial aid. Please read this information thoroughly. All forms and payment for fall semester, including a payment contract, must be submitted by the first Friday in August. If you do not receive your registration statement by the second week in June, contact the Office of Accounting Operations.

July 1

Loan Priority Deadline: If you are borrowing a student loan to assist with meeting your educational expenses, all loan application processes (including completing loan entrance counseling and master promissory notes) should be completed by this date to ensure your loan funds arrive prior to the start of classes.

August 1

Fall Financial Registration Deadline: If there is a gap between the amount of financial aid that you have been awarded and the cost to attend Vanguard University, you will need to make payment arrangements with Office of Accounting Operations by this deadline.

October 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available on October 1 each year! Complete the FAFSA using your prior, prior year federal tax returns and income information (2016 for the 2018/19 academic year)

TRADITIONAL UNDERGRADUATE COSTS

98% of our students receive financial aid.

The cost of college can be a great expense. We want to make it as easy as possible for our students to fund their education.

2017-2018: Tuition & Direct Costs

Allowance

On Campus

With Parent

Off Campus

Tuition (Full Time: 12-18 units):

$31,980

$31,980

$31,980

Student Services Fee:

$450

$450

$450

Room:

$4,490*

N/A

N/A

Board:

$5,200*

N/A

N/A

Total Costs:

$42,120

$32,430

$32,430

*Costs are based on Laguna & Huntington Hall + 15 Meal Plan.


COST OF ATTENDANCE FOR GRADUATE PROGRAMS

Education: Credential Program


Projected Budget

Tuition (25 units total)

$13,375 ($535 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$1,764

Room & Board

$10,640

Transportation

$1,140

Personal

$2,580

Loan Fees

$72

Total

$29,571

Direct Cost: $13,375

Additional program fees include:

  • EDUG 584: $270
  • EDUG 585: $500 ($50/unit of student teaching)

Budget above is based on an average for 2 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 6 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.

Education: Masters


Projected Budget

Tuition

$13,375 ($535 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$1,764

Room & Board

$10,640

Transportation

$1,140

Personal

$2,580

Loan Fees

$219

Total

$29,718

Direct Cost: $13,375

Budget above is based on an average for 2 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 5 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.

Nursing (MSN)


Projected Budget

Tuition

$15,525 ($575 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$2,646

Room & Board

$15,960

Transportation

$1,710

Personal

$3,870

Loan Fees

$219

Total

$39,930

Direct Cost: $15,525

Budget above is based on an average for 3 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 5 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.

Clinical Psychology

Projected Budget

Tuition

$20,250 ($750 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$2,646

Room & Board

$15,960

Transportation

$1,710

Personal

$3,870

Loan Fees

$219

Total

$44,655

Direct Cost: $20,250

Budget above is based on an average for 3 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees, program fees, and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 5 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.

Organizational Psychology


Projected Budget

Tuition

$15,525 ($575 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$2,646

Room & Board

$15,960

Transportation

$1,710

Personal

$3,870

Loan Fees

$219

Total

$39,930

Direct Cost: $15,525

Budget above is based on an average for 3 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 5 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.

Religion


Projected Budget

Tuition

$13,095 ($485 per unit)

Books & Supplies

$1,764

Room & Board

$15,960

Transportation

$1,692

Personal

$3,864

Loan Fees

$219

Total

$38,592

Direct Cost: $13,095

Budget above is based on an average for 3 semesters of full time tuition, room, board, transportation, and personal expenses, and 1 academic year of loan fees and books and supplies. Actual budget will vary based on number of units enrolled.

If you are not enrolled in at least 5 units, only tuition is factored into your cost of attendance budget. Any annual amounts included in the cost of attendance will be pro-rated if you are not enrolled in at least 2 semesters.


COST OF ATTENDANCE FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

  • $375/unit for general education/elective courses
  • $355/unit for early childhood education lower division courses
  • $450/unit for nursing major/cohort courses
  • $510/unit for major/cohort courses

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.

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

Location
1st Floor of the Scott Academic Center

FAFSA School Code: 001293