Scholarships and Grants
Graduate Academic Scholarship – Gold
- 15% of tuition for recipients with an incoming GPA of 3.75 or higher.
Graduate Academic Scholarship – Silver
- 10% of tuition for recipients with an incoming GPA of between 3.50 to 3.74.
Minister’s Discount Grant
- Awarded to students who are enrolled at least half-time (5 units or more), and are licensed ministers who’s full-time primary source of income comes from ministry. The award is $75 per unit.
Assemblies of God Church Grant
- Available to members or their dependents of a participating church. Awards vary and are determined by the participating church in coordination with VU. Information regarding participating churches may be obtained from the University Advancement Office.
Available to second semester graduate students with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan
This loan is available to all students enrolled at least half-time (5 units), with a fixed interest rate of 6.8% which will accrue while in school. The maximum eligibility is $20,500 per academic year.
Federal Work Study
This program offers students an opportunity to earn wages to help meet the cost of education. Many jobs are located on campus. Students who wish to work on campus under this program are responsible to seek employment and may contact the Career Center for a list of available positions. Federal Work Study positions are also available off campus for students to be paid as reading tutors to local elementary schools through the America Reads Program. For more information regarding the America Reads Program, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator in Human Resources. The amount a student may earn will be determined by financial aid need and the actual hours and wage of the Federal Work Study position. A FAFSA must be submitted along with a Federal Work Study Application, which is available in the Financial Aid Office.
|Tuition per Units:||$440|
|Total Units in Program:||39-48|
|Total Cost of Tuition:||$17,160-$21,120|
|Books Estimate:||$69.00 per unit|
|Optional Health Insurance*:||$837|
*Charged per semester.
How to Apply
VU Admission Application
You must be accepted for admission in order for the Financial Aid Office to review your eligibility for all awards.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is the application required for all financial aid programs. This application must be completed and signed by the student. Dependent students must also provide parental information and signatures. Independent students may need to provide spousal information and signatures. The best time to submit the FAFSA is between January 1, 2013 through March 2, 2013. FAFSA’s submitted after March 2, 2013 might not be considered for all aid programs.
Vanguard University Federal School Code: 001293
FAFSA on the Web
http://www.fafsa.gov (You may also complete the FAFSA in Spanish.) Complete the FAFSA information and submit it to the government online. After submitting your information electronically, you may either print the signature page to sign, date, and mail in to the processors to complete this process (make sure you have a printer if you choose this option and be sure to print a copy of the FAFSA information you submit for your records). If you filed a FAFSA during the 2011-2012 school year, you have the option to pre-populate information from the previous year.
VU Grad Financial Aid Application
The Graduate Financial Aid Application is required to review your eligibility for all awards.
Other Required Forms & Applications
- All records used to complete the FAFSA should be saved. Many times the Financial Aid Office must require verification as part of the awarding process. The verification process requires the Financial Aid Office to collect from the student copies of the documents used by the family to complete the FAFSA. These documents are used to ensure that the information on the FAFSA is correct. It is also used to update any estimated information on the FAFSA. To complete verification, the Financial Aid Office may request income records such as federal 1040 tax forms from the student, parents, or spouse. In addition, we may request documentation to confirm untaxed income, asset values, and household size.
- The student will be notified if verification is required. The Financial Aid Office will request from the student the forms needed to satisfy this process. Some forms we request are available online. If the forms requested to complete verification are not provided by the student, then financial aid cannot be provided to the student.
- Students apply for Stafford loans when they file the FAFSA and answer “yes” to question #33 indicating their interest in student loans. The Financial Aid Office will use this information to determine students’ eligibility for loans and will notify students of their loan eligibility on the Award Letter. Students wishing to borrow a Stafford Loan should accept the loan on the Award Letter and return it to the Financial Aid Office. Be sure to read the “Terms and Conditions” on the back of your Award Letter before signing it. Students borrowing a Stafford Loan for the first time at Vanguard University will also need to complete a Stafford Loan Application with the lender of their choice and complete Loan Entrance Counseling (online) in order to receive any loan funds. Additional information regarding the loan process will be sent to students at the time of awarding.
Code of Conduct
Vanguard University’s Financial Aid professionals are expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student Financial Aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. Vanguard will not accept any private loan funds from a lender in exchange for our providing any concessions or promises to the lender.