Financial Aid: Scholarships & Grants

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.
ENDOWED & GIFT SCHOLARSHIPS

Endowed and Gift scholarships are funded through the generosity of GGU alumni, friends, foundations and corporations. Some individual scholarships may have more restrictive criteria or separate applications. These scholarships typically are awarded on the basis of academic merit in addition to other specific criteria established by the donors of the funds.

There is no application required. For some named scholarships, which have specific criteria, an application will be requested by invitation from the Scholarship Committee.

 
Requirements:
  • Have been admitted to a program of study
  • Remain matriculated in the same degree program.
  • Maintain a minimum half-time enrollment status (six units for undergraduate, four units for graduate and doctoral students).
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade-point average for undergraduate students and 3.0 cumulative grade-point average for graduate students.
  • Students who receive tuition assistance from their employer may not be eligible to receive Endowed and Gift scholarships.
  • Students who receive other benefits for tuition purposes may not be eligible to receive Endowed and Gift Scholarships.
  • A change in status that results in a student not meeting any one of the above standards will be subject to retroactive loss of the scholarship and repayment to the university of previously disbursed scholarship funds.
  • Recipients of Headway, Summit and Student Government Association scholarship(s) are NOT eligible for an Endowed and Gift Scholarship.
  • International students are eligible as long as they meet the requirements above.
  • US citizens and US permanent residents must have a completed FAFSA. Students may complete the FAFSA on line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

 

Scholarships may vary depending on merit, need, enrolled units per trimester and funds available. Scholarships to be applied towards tuition costs only at GGU.

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

GRADUATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship will be offered to the most qualified graduate students who have, 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 the original degree program, based upon satisfactory academic progress. You must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US academic institution or qualified international institution. Students must complete a FAFSA.

 
Requirements:
  • Before or prior to the end of your first term at Golden Gate University, submit a completed Graduate Community Leadership Scholarship application to Admissions, along with a two page (maximum 1000 words) essay detailing community service
  • Must be a newly, fully admitted graduate student in a degree program in the Ageno School of Business or School of Taxation (excluding EMBA and DBA)
  • You must have a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA upon entering GGU (official sealed transcript from prior institution required.)
  • Complete a minimum of six units per term
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • Demonstrate commitment to advocacy, activism, volunteer and/or civic involvement - not related to your primary profession or job
  • Submit a letter of recommendation or endorsement from someone who is directly affiliated with the work outlined above
 
Deadlines:
  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: March 1

 

 

GRADUATE ENDOWED 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.

 

 

THE BITA DARYABARI SCHOLARSHIP

Through the very generous donation of Golden Gate University graduate Bita Daryabari (MS 96), a scholarship has been set up to be awarded to Middle Eastern students in the Ageno School of Business beginning Fall 2016.

 

 

SCHOOLS OF ACCOUNTING & TAXATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Funded by the generous, annual contributions of alumni, friends, and tax and accounting firms.

These scholarships are awarded after a student completes a semester at GGU. There is no application and all students in the masters programs of accounting and taxation are reviewed for number of units completed and cumulative GPAs.

 

 

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.