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Financial Aid Basics

Important Deadlines

March 2

The FAFSA Priority Deadline: If you were not able to complete the FAFSA by March 2, we encourage you to submit it 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 to confirm enrollment in the fall class.
  • Accept Your Financial Aid Award: Once you receive your financial aid award notification, login to Financial Aid Self-Service and accept or decline each award you have been offered.

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 Student Accounts Clearance deadline on August 1. If you do not receive your registration statement by the third week in June, contact the Office of Accounting Operations.

  • Verification Document Priority Deadline: All students selected for Verification should submit the required documents by June 1 in order to ensure that the process is complete by the Student Accounts Clearance deadline of August 1. Students selected for Verification were notified via their Student Aid Report (SAR) sent by the US Department of Education after successfully completing the FAFSA. Failure to complete Verification will result in the cancellation of all federal and state financial aid.
July 1
  • Loan Priority Deadline: If you are borrowing a student loan to assist with meeting your educational expenses, all loan application processes (including establishing eligibility, 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. If your loan requirements are not completed and received by the Financial Aid Office before the last day to add or drop a class for the semester has passed, your loans will be cancelled.


August 1

Fall Student Accounts Clearance 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.


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 (e.g., 2020 for the 2022/23 academic year, 2021 for the 2023/24 academic year, etc.)



  • Tuition costs for Graduate programs are published here on the Office of Accounting Operations webpage.
  • Tuition costs for Professional Studies programs are published here on the Office of Accounting Operations webpage.

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

1st Floor of the Scott Academic Center

FAFSA School Code: 001293