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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.

ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE GRANTS

Golden Gate University is very aware of the difficult issues students are facing in the job market. GGU has established Economic Assistance Grants directly from the university. Students must be able to demonstrate high need by completing a FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov)on line. Generally, the FAFSA must reflect an EFC of $7000 or less (number underneath the date on page #1 of the FAFSA). Students must also document that they are currently receiving EDD benefits while enrolled as half-time status at GGU in an eligible degree or certificate program. The Economic Assistance Grant is for a portion of the tuition costs and is not directly given to the student. Undergraduates may be awarded a total of $1000 one time only and Graduates may be awarded a total of $1500 one time only. Please contact the GGU Financial Aid Office for further information.

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 Cal Grants or 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 http://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 below or from the financial aid office.


Regular Full time Faculty and 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}. This program began with the Fall term 2011. 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.


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. This program will begin with the Spring term 2012. 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.

Applications for the fall 2012 grants are being accepted until 12/17/12 and spring 2013 grants until 4/25/12. The fall semester applications must be received no later than than the semester end date. Spring 2013 applications will not be processed until 11/15/12 and must be received by semester end date. Please review page 113 in the GGU Catalog 2012-2014 for dates.

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


SCHOOLS OF ACCOUNTING & TAXATION SCHOLARSHIPS

Funded by the generous, annual contributions of alumni, friends and tax and accounting firms, these scholarships are awarded to multiple entering and continuing students to programs in the schools of accounting and taxation.

 

Effective Fall 2006: to be considered for a scholarship from GGU, students must file a FAFSA.


GRADUATE TAX CLASS DISCOUNTS

U.S. Federal, State, County or City public employees may receive a 40% discount on tuition costs for any tax course offered at GGU.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

FIRST GENERATION GRANT (NEW STUDENTS ONLY)

Grant Qualifications:
  • First generation to attend a college or university in their immediate family
  • Domestic students must file a FAFSA
  • UG students must be at least half-time
  • May receive $1200 to $3700 per trimester


UG Incentive Grant (new Domestic students only)

Grant Qualifications:
  • Entering GPA is 2.0 or higher
  • Must file a FAFSA
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the FAFSA (EFC $10,000 & below)
  • UG students must be at least half-time
  • May receive $885 to $2200 per trimester


Academic Excellence Scholarship

This scholarship is intended to assist new undergraduate students in completing their bachelor's degree. Recognition is given to academic excellence.

Qualifications and Details:
  • Must be a first time admitted GGU undergraduate student (international or domestic in a degree program).
  • Must have an entering minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from US institutions or comparable grade average based on evaluation of international academic credentials (graduated award based on academic performance).
  • Once enrolled at GGU, a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Be enrolled at least half time(6 units per term) at all times.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 6 units each reporting term (grades of AU,Pass/Fail and CR/NoCredit, do not count).
  • Students should have 24 transferable units into to GGU for the Academic Excellence Scholarship. However, if a student does not have the 24 units to transfer into GGU, the student should contact the Financial Aid Office to see what other GGU Scholarships may be available for application.
  • May receive $1060 to $2655 per trimester.

 

* All U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens are required to complete a FAFSA form to be considered for Academic Excellence Scholarships.

ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

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.