Frequently Asked Questions

IS VANGUARD ONLINE ACCREDITED?

The credits you earn through online studies possess the same accreditation standing of Vanguard College's on-campus studies. You may transfer your accredited academic credits from Vanguard College to any other ABHE affiliate Christian college in North America. Visit www.abhe.com for a full list of accredited Bible colleges.

HOW MUCH ARE COURSES?

TUITION FEES

Undergraduate - $235 per credit hour

(Most courses are 3 credit hour = $705 per course)

STANDARD FEES PER COURSE

Student Fees - $25 per credit hour

Audiopaks (if required) - $15.75

TEXTBOOKS & SHIPPING

Textbooks can be purchased from our online Bookstore using your Populi account.  Textbook estimates are not included.  Textbooks can range from $11-200 per course.  Shipping ranges from $15-$75 depending on region and timeline.

SAMPLE COURSE COST

3 Credit Course:

Tuition Fees - $705
Course Fees - $75
TOTAL COST - $780 plus textbooks and shipping

1.5 Credit Course:

Tuition Fees - $352.50
Course Fees - $37.50
TOTAL COST - $390 plus textbooks and shipping

HOW HARD IS THE WORK IN AN ONLINE COURSE?

An online course has a different "feel" than a traditional college course. Many college courses ask you to read a textbook or two, write some papers and a few examinations and you are done. At Vanguard Online, we teach from an experiential learning model. You can expect to connect with content and then complete a number of smaller tasks and activities with the content throughout the course. Learning is progressive and builds upon previous learning with skill-based activities. You will need to do about 6-10 hours of work per week.

IS THERE GROUP WORK, FORUMS, OR LIVE CLASSES I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN?

No. Vanguard Online courses are designed so that the student can work independently and do not have to wait for other students to post in a forum or work on projects together. Student can work at the time of day and day of the week that works best for their schedule to complete their learning modules and assignments. Some courses have audio or video resources that can be viewed when the student is ready to see hear or see them.

WHAT ARE YOUR ACADEMIC STANDARDS?

Our academic standards are in keeping with partner colleges that are members of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE)

ARE CREDITS TRANSFERABLE FROM OTHER ACCREDITED BIBLE COLLEGES?

Yes. A course completed through Vanguard Online should be able to be transferred to another Bible College or Christian Higher Education institution.  Transferability is possible to other institutions.  We recommend that you contact the institution of interest to enquire with them to see what courses they will accept. The courses would have to have similar course objectives.  

In addition, any credits you earned at other Colleges will be reviewed to ensure that you only take courses that fit with your long-term educational goals.

In addition, any credits you earned at other Colleges will be reviewed to ensure that you only take courses that fit with your long-term educational goals.

CAN I TAKE AN ENTIRE DIPLOMA DEGREE PROGRAM ONLINE?

Yes. Vanguard Online offers certificates, diplomas, and degrees that meet the credential requirements of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

CAN I TAKE JUST ONE OR TWO COURSES?

If you do not wish to study full-time you are advised to take one course at a time. With the approval of the Registrar, you may take more than one course.  This can be done once you are accepted into a program or through open studies.

If you decide to start with open studies, you have the option to complete five courses before you will be asked to register in a certificate, diploma or degree.  These five courses can be taken through Open Studies.  Click HERE for the registration form.

Please Note:  Online students are required to take an Orientation to Online Learning course before starting their online studies.

WHAT KIND OF AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DO YOU OFFER FOR STUDENTS STUDYING TOWARDS A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR DIPLOMA?

We built our curriculum to include the opportunity for practical experience in your local church or para-church organization every semester. Our practicum courses are the "classroom" accompaniment to 4-6 hours a week of volunteer work that each student is required to perform per semester.

HOW IS VANGUARD ONLINE DIFFERENT FROM A CORRESPONDENCE SCHOOL?

All courses have a set start and completion date, just like any traditional classroom. At the heart of a Vanguard College Online course is an excellent team, determined to work with you to achieve your personal learning goals. Students have access to course professor by messaging through our learning management platform called Populi. Professors are also available for questions or support at their college email.

MAY I STUDY WITH VANGUARD ONLINE IF I DON'T HAVE A COMPUTER OR INTERNET ACCESS?

No. Our courses require the use of a computer and email. However, students can work on a chrome book, iPad or tablet. Students can also access their materials on their phone by downloading the Populi App.

WHAT FORMAT WILL I RECEIVE MY COURSE MODULE?

All the learning modules and assignments are uploaded to a course before a student registers in a course. When a student logs into their course, all of their files are waiting for them there to be viewed or downloaded. The files are in PDF format and can be viewed on any device.

DO I NEED HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS?

No. High speed makes the transmission of web pages faster, but any WIFI connection at home, coffee shop, your church, or food court will do.

DO I NEED TO BUY ANY SPECIAL SOFTWARE?

No. Students can use a MAC or PC or Tablet with a word processor. We ask that students upload their assignments in MS Word format. We use a learning management platform (Populi) that students can log into from any device. There is free app for mobile devices available through Google Play and the Apple Store.

DO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS HAVE TO PAY MORE FOR THEIR COURSES THAN STUDENTS WHO LIVE IN CANADA?

No. Canadian and students from outside Canada are charged the same rates. Depending on location of the student, additional shipping may be charged.

IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO STUDY WITH VANGUARD ONLINE?

Vanguard College's online programs qualify through Vanguard College for Canada Student Loans. There are also limited bursaries and scholarships. For information on Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries, click HERE.  You must be taking 7.5 credits in order to be eligible to apply. 

WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION ON CANADA STUDENT LOANS?

Vanguard College Online is approved for Canada Student Loans. Forms are available online or at many local government offices in Canada. Specific inquiries should be directed to the loan office in your province of residence.  Click HERE for more information.

HOW DO I CONTACT MY PROFESSOR?

You can message your professor through our learning platform called Populi. You can also email her or him through their email.

WILL THERE BE A FINAL EXAMINATION?

No. There are no examinations in our online courses. We believe that practical activities are a better demonstration of a student's integration of learning into real-life situations. A few of our courses do have short quizzes to help students retain the material.

WHAT ARE THE PASSING MARKS?

To pass an online course, students must earn a fifty percent (50%) final grade.

Letter Symbol Percentage Grade Points:

4.0 A+ (90-100%)

4.0 A (85-89%)

3.7 A- (80-84%)

3.3 B+ (77-79%)

3.0 B (73-76%)

2.7 B- (70-72%)

2.3 C+ (67-69%)

2.0 C (63-66%)

1.7 C- (60-62%)

1.3 D+ (57-59%)

1.0 D (53-56%)

0.7 D- (50-52%)

0.0 F (0-49%) 0.0

HOW SOON WILL I GET MY ASSIGNMENTS BACK?

Our online professor grade and comment on uploaded assignments within five work days. Students can view and download their marked assignments to their phone, computer, tablet or other device.

WHERE DO I FIND THE REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS?

Textbooks are available to purchase through Populi. If you already have a textbook, please notify the Registrar at the time of registration in a course.

CAN I SUBMIT ALL MY ASSIGNMENTS AT THE END OF THE COURSE?

No. You are required to submit your assignments according to the schedule of assignments and due dates so you may receive regular input into your learning. Normally assignments are due 14 to 20 days apart.

When can I start?

You can start on the 15th of any month.  Your first course will be an Orientation to Online Learning course and then you are get started on your regular courses.

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