The Golden Gate University's Financial Aid Staff is here to help you make an informed decision regarding all phases of applying for and receiving financial aid. We encourage you to always consider your options, beginning with the university's scholarships and grants -- many of which are made possible through the kindness of our donors.

FINANCIAL AID OFFICE

OVERVIEW

GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP POLICY

Matriculated and enrolled students who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents or other eligible non-citizens are required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for any scholarship. In Step Six of the FAFSA, students must indicate Golden Gate University's Title IV code 001205 in order for the FAFSA information to be received at GGU. FAFSAs should be on file at GGU at the beginning of the trimester. International students are excluded from the FAFSA requirement.

Undergraduates:
  • Maintain at least half-time attendance at all times to remain eligible.
  • Earn at least 6 units at the end of their last enrolled term to remain eligible
  • Starting with full-time attendance but dropping to three quarter-time or half-time attendance, students will have their eligibility prorated during their next enrolled term
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain eligible.
Graduates:
  • Maintain at least half-time attendance at all times to remain eligible
  • Earn at least 4 units at the end of their last enrolled term to remain eligible
  • Starting with full-time attendance but dropping to half-time attendance at the the end of their last enrolled term, students will have their eligibility prorated during their next enrolled term.
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain eligible
All Students:
  1. Students in the last term of enrollment may have the scholarship prorated in the event that half enrollment status is not necessary to meet graduation requirements
  2. Students who interrupt enrollment or who fail to earn the required minimum units will forfeit the scholarship for the next terms.
  3. Generally, a student will be awarded one scholarship. Students who demonstrate exceptional need which is not met by the financial aid package and have already received one scholarship may be awarded an additional scholarship. The additional scholarship will be awarded for one year and may be renewed each award year.
  4. Students receiving other grants, scholarships or other financial assistance intended for tuition costs (i.e. Cal Grants, other grants, tuition remission) will have their scholarships prorated so that their total scholarship and/or tuition remission amount does not exceed the total tuition cost. GGU employees and family members eligible for GGU tuition will not be considered for scholarships.
  5. Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) must be maintained at all times to remain eligible.
  6. Scholarships may not exceed the total cost of tuition in a reporting term.
  7. All GGU scholarships are applied towards tuition costs. No award shall exceed amount of tuition.
  8. GGU scholarship awards may be credited to student's account month end September, January and / or June
  9. Awards for scholarships may be duration of program, yearly and/or one time only.
  10. Amount of awards are dependent on yearly contributions, budgets and other funding issues.
UNIVERSITY ENDOWED SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Graduate Endowed Scholarships are gift funding provided by Golden Gate University's generous donors and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. Endowed scholarships are open to both domestic and international students, as indicated by the endowed scholarship's criteria. Scholarship amounts can range from $750 to $2,000 per term and are awarded for the duration of the student's program. To be eligible for endowed scholarships, students must be continuously enrolled at least half-time (4 units) each term. Students may only receive one Golden Gate University scholarship, grant, or discount per term.


Applications For Endowed Special Scholarships

Golden Gate University is pleased to announce the availability our Endowed Special Scholarships, funded by our generous donors, to our students who will be enrolled for the Fall 2017 term. Our Endowed Special scholarships are open to both Domestic and International students; as indicated by each scholarship criteria. These scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis and an application is required. A few of our donors have asked that their gifts be restricted to students who meet certain criteria.

Students may receive only one Golden Gate University scholarship, grant or discount per semester with the exception of the International Welcome Scholarship. A scholarship committee will review all applications and select scholarship recipients. Scholarships awards will be made for fall 2017 and spring 2018. All scholarships are applied toward tuition costs only. Special scholarship recipients will be required to submit a “thank you” card to the donor; more information about this will be provided to the recipients.

When completing the application, students may apply for one or more scholarship. Applications must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office electronically by email to finaid@ggu.edu. The application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017 by 4:00PM (PST). Incomplete applications will not be considered.


To apply for a special scholarship, you must

  • Complete a 2017-2018 FAFSA (Domestic students only), our school code 001205
  • Attach a personal statement (single spaced, not to exceed two typed pages) addressing the following:
    • Describe your financial need.
    • Describe your academic achievements.
    • Describe any special circumstances you would like the scholarship committee to consider when reviewing your application.
    • Please make sure to type your Full Name on the top right hand corner of each page.
  • Attach a Scholarship Essay (single spaced, not to exceed two typed pages)
    • In the scholarship essay, address the specific criteria for the scholarship you wish to apply to.
    • Please make sure to label each separate essay, accordingly and print your Full Name on the top right hand corner of each page.
  • Attach a Resume which includes a summary of your work, school and extracurricular activities
  • Submit your completed application by e-mail to finaid@ggu.edu. The application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017 by 4:00PM (PST). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is comprised of graduates from all GGU schools and is headed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who serves as a model for all GGU Alumni. Its’ President is also a member of the governing body of University of Trustees. The GGU Alumni Association promotes leadership, philanthropy, and volunteerism and hosts many networking events and volunteer activities throughout the year. Student will describe a personal experience associated with GGU, explain why they chose to attend GGU, how their active involvement has benefited the GGU community (students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the university), the importance in giving back to GGU and what gains the student benefitted from it. This scholarship is available to students during their final year at GGU.

The BITA DARYBARI SCHOLARSHIP (International students only) is provided to student who is born in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine (Gaza Strip and West Bank), Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates or Yemen and must reside in or outside of U.S. First preference given to women in the MBA program, while second preference is given to a woman in MBA Business degree program (with the exception of Taxation & Accounting Schools). Your essay must describe how you have to overcome significant obstacles as woman and how you use your degree to advocate for women’s rights facing discrimination due to cultural differences.

The WILLIAM ENDERLEIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP (International students only) is provided as a partial tuition scholarship for graduate international students. Describe how you have financed your education to date as an international student and what obstacles you had to overcome.

The GRADUATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP is provided to the most qualified graduate students who are entering or completing their first term at GGU, who had maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 upon entering GGU and has, through past and present efforts demonstrated a substantial and meaningful commitment to community service and social justice. It is intended for tuition costs only and available for renewal through the completion of original degree program, based upon satisfactory academic progress. Student must have received a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US academic institution or qualified international institution. Student will describe on essay their community service involvement, which can be defined as unpaid work performed to benefit the environment, low-income neighborhoods, school children, persons with disabilities, or senior citizens. Must provide the name of the positions(s) held at the organization, the date(s) of duration for the service performed, along with a description of the duties performed. Attach a letter of reference form the organization associated with your community service.

The GURMEHAR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP (International students only)is provided to students with financial need and any special circumstances. Must be enrolled in the “Edward S Ageno” school of business, must be born in India, have a U.S. citizenship or be a Permanent Resident (green card holder). Student will address how being a diverse student has affected your life and how do you plan to use your program of student after graduation.

The HANDLERY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to students who have demonstrated community involvement in support of the school’s mission, individual with financial needs and who has achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Students’ should be able to describe a situation when values, actions or opinions were challenged or a situation where they’ve advocated on behalf of another person facing discrimination due to cultural differences, language or other factors and how your GGU education will help or has already helped you practice tolerance and appreciate diversity.

The Z.M. GILES HUGUENOT SCHOLARSHIP is provided to students who are a regular member of “The National Huguenot Society”, have at least two semesters of history, which include, at least in part, a history of religion, achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above. Students will provide a statement explaining their scholastic achievements and goals on how a scholarship award would be advantageous to them.

The MASUD MEHRAN ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP is named for a member of the University Board of Trustees. The fellowship is awarded to students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need. Preference is given to individual displaying entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. Explain current or previous involvement in a start-up company or organization or able to describe the spirit, initiative or ideas for fundraising you’ve contributed to a company or organization.

The LOIS MYERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is provided to women students who are 35 years or older with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above with proven financial need. Describe how you had to overcome significant obstacles and how you would use your degree to advocate for women’s rights.

The NAGEL MINER SCHOLARSHIP (International Students Only) is provided to students with financial needs. Describe your background, why you chose to attend GGU. Address how your GGU education and program of study will help you to succeed, along with your plans to utilize your degree after graduation.

The ROBERT J SHAW SCHOLARSHIP (Seattle students only) is provided to students living in the Seattle area and enrolled in the School of Taxation. Describe why a MS Taxation degree from GGU is important to you. The recipient has to be a student who is paying tuition on their own (without company reimbursement).

The TEI SCHOLARSHIP is provided to students with financial need and enrolled in the Taxation Degree program.

The TRITASAVIT ACCOUNTING SCHOLARHSIP (International Accounting Students Only) is provided to students in the Accounting Degree program. Describe reason why an Accounting major was chosen, describe how student plans to utilize their Accounting degree after graduation. A letter of reference form a GGU International Academic Advisor is highly preferred.

GGU COMMUNITY TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

These tuition grant programs are available to eligible employees, graduates and their families. Students must meet the grant eligibility criteria and be admitted to a program of study in the School of Business, Accounting, Taxation or Undergraduate Programs or otherwise be eligible for open enrollment. Programs offered by the School of Law are not included. Grants are applied to tuition only and are renewable providing the student continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria. Students who accept the GGU Employee Educational Assistance Remission or any other GGU grant or scholarship are not eligible. Students who become ineligible during a term will be permitted to complete the current term but will not be eligible for future terms. Students will be required to submit a separate tuition grant application to the financial aid office. Grant applications are available here or from the financial aid office.

Regular Full time Faculty & Staff Family Tuition Grant

Members of the immediate family defined as a spouse, domestic partner, child, step-child, grand-child, parent, grand-parent and sibling of regular full time faculty and staff and who do not qualify for or choose to decline the GGU Employee Educational Assistance program are eligible for a 40 percent tuition grant {GGU Board of Trustees members and their families are eligible for this grant}. The grand is not retroactive. Tuition Assistance Grant Forms must be received by the last day of the semester for which the grant is requested.

Regular Adjunct Faculty Family Tuition Grant

Members of the adjunct faculty's family defined as a spouse, domestic partner, child and step-child are eligible for a 30 percent tuition grant. Regular adjunct faculty are defined as active adjuncts who have taught a minimum of three class-sections in the previous three academic years. Active for the purposes of this grant means eligible to continue to teach. (Adjunct faculty, themselves who do not qualify for or choose to decline the GGU Employee Educational Assistance program are eligible for this grant). The grant is not retroactive. Tuition Assistance Grant forms must be received by the last day of the semester for which the grant is requested.

Graduates' Tuition Grant

Graduates of GGU degree programs are eligible for 30 percent tuition grant. For the purpose of this grant, a graduate is defined as an individual who has received a degree from GGU. Students who have received only a GGU certificate are not eligible. The grant is not retroactive. Tuition Assistance Grant forms must be received by the last day of the semester for which the grant is requested.

Graduates' Family Tuition Grant

Members of a graduate's family defined as a spouse, domestic partner, child and step-child are eligible for a 20 percent tuition grant. For the purpose of this grant, a graduate is defined as an individual who has received a degree from GGU. The grant is not retroactive. Tuition Assistance Grant forms must be received by the last day of the semester for which the grant is requested.

GRADUATE STUDENT GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

INTERNATIONAL WELCOME SCHOLARSHIP

Golden Gate University welcomes students from all over the world with a one-time scholarship for all qualified international students who enroll in a graduate degree program.

Learn more about the Welcome Scholarship.

Cumulative GPA
(bachelor's or master's degree)
Scholarship Amount
(one-time)
3.30 or higher USD $2,000
3.00 to 3.29 USD $1,000
Requirements:
  • You must be a first-time student at Golden Gate University
  • You must be a graduate degree-seeking student.
  • You must be enrolled as a full-time student beginning in the Fall 2017, Spring 2018, or Summer 2018 semester.
  • Offer applies only to F-1 visa students. J-1 visa students do not qualify.
  • Offer does not apply to returning, continuing, or Law School students.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEE GRADUATE TAX CLASS DISCOUNT

Full-time employees of U.S. Federal, State, County or City governmental entities may receive a 40% discount on tuition costs for any tax course offered at GGU. Only courses with the prefix TA are eligible for the discount. Employment will be verified. Additional criteria: Satisfactory Academic Progress, discount is not applicable for repeating a course, and you may only apply one discount, grant or scholarship per semester.

Public employees include federal, state, county, city employees, and active duty military.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP GRANT

Receive up to $2,000 annually!

At Golden Gate University, we understand how life's demands can get in the way of completing your undergraduate degree. We also know that finishing your degree is a major step toward achieving your professional and personal goals. It takes personal leadership -- character, commitment, and confidence -- to take this big step. But it also requires a significant financial investment. That's why Golden Gate University will offer up to $2,000 annually through a Personal Leadership Grant for new undergraduate students who qualify.

Qualifications:
  • First time entering GGU
  • Fully or conditionally admitted to an associate's or bachelor's degree program (certificate programs are not eligible)
  • Enrolled with a minimum of 6 units per 16-week term
  • Must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Grant amount is pro-rated based on total units per 16-week term, with a minimum grant of $1,000 per year for 6 units per 16-week term and a maximum of $2,000 per year for 12 or more units per 16-week term (full-time enrollment). Students enrolled in 9 units per 16-week term receive a grant of $1,500 per year.

The Personal Leadership Grant cannot be combined with any other grant or scholarship offered by Golden Gate University.


NEW HORIZONS

Up to $2,000 annually for a returning undergraduate student who has not earned an undergraduate degree, has not been enrolled for at least 3 trimesters, and has left GGU with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Must be enrolled in 6 units per term and continuously enrolled.


PHI THETA KAPPA SCHOLARSHIP

This merit-based scholarship is for undergraduate students transferring to Golden Gate University from a community college. The scholarship amount is up to 35% of tuition or $2,500 per semester, whichever is less, with a maximum of $7,500 per year. No application is required. The number of awards is limited.

Qualifications:
  • Phi Theta Kappa membership at transferring school
  • First time entering GGU
  • 3.5 GPA (calculated by GGU on accepted transfer units)
  • Current holding of an associate's degree
  • At least half-time enrollment at GGU each semester
  • Continuous enrollment for the duration of the undergraduate program, including summers
ALUMNI GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

ALUMNI TUITION GRANTS

Graduates of GGU degree programs are eligible for 30 percent tuition grant. For the purpose of this grant, a graduate is defined as an individual who has received a degree from GGU. Students who have received only a GGU certificate are not eligible. The grant is not retroactive. Tuition Assistance Grant forms must be received by the last day of the semester for which the grant is requested.


ALUMNI DISCOUNT SCHOLARSHIP

To promote lifelong learning, GGU offers degree-holding alumni a one-third-off tuition scholarship on one course per trimester (the course cannot count toward a degree or a certificate). Interested alumni must complete an Alumni Association membership card, an Alumni Scholarship Discount Authorization Form, and present it to the Office of University Advancement.