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 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 six 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
  • 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 four 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 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-time enrollment status is not necessary to meet graduation requirements.
  2. Some scholarships require continuous enrollment. 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 may be awarded at the discretion of the financial aid office.
  4. Students receiving other grants, scholarships or other financial assistance intended for tuition costs (i.e., Pell 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 remission will not be considered for tuition 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 the amount of tuition.
  8. Awards for scholarships may be for the duration of the program, yearly and/or one time only.
  9. Amount of awards are dependent on yearly contributions, budgets, and other funding issues.
UNIVERSITY ENDOWED SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Golden Gate University administers several endowed scholarships funds that are made possible by our generous donors and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. Typically, our special scholarships applications are available in the late spring and are awarded for the following academic year. Scholarships recipients are notified of their award before the start of the Fall semester.


HOW TO APPLY

Golden Gate University 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 except for the International Welcome Scholarship. A scholarship committee will review all applications and select scholarship recipients. Scholarships awards will be made for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. 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.

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now being accepted. 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for the applications is Monday, July 16, 2018. 

To apply for an endowed special scholarship, you must:
  • Complete a 2018-2019 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 in 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

A scholarship committee will review all applications and select scholarship recipients. Students will be notified before the start of the Fall 2018 semester if they have been awarded a special scholarship. All scholarships will be applied to students accounts for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019, depending on their program. 


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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. The 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.


BITA DARYBARI SCHOLARSHIP

International Students Only. 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 and Accounting Schools). Your essay must describe how you have to overcome significant obstacles as a woman and how you use your degree to advocate for women's rights facing discrimination due to cultural differences.


WILLIAM ENDERLEIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

International Students Only. 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.


GRADUATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

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. The student must have received a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US academic institution or qualified international institution. The 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.


GURMEHAR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP

International Students Only. 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). Students will address how being a diverse student has affected their lives and how do they plan to use their program of studies after graduation.


HANDLERY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

Awarded to students who have demonstrated community involvement in support of the school's mission, individual with financial needs and who have 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.


Z.M. GILES HUGUENOT SCHOLARSHIP

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.


MASUD MEHRAN ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP

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.


LOIS MYERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP

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.


NAGEL MINER SCHOLARSHIP

International Students Only. 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. Provided to students living in the Seattle area and enrolled in the School of Taxation. Describe why an 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).


TEI SCHOLARSHIP

Provided to students with financial need and enrolled in the Taxation Degree program.


TRITASAVIT ACCOUNTING SCHOLARSHIP

International Accounting Students Only. 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.

SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

DEGREE COMPLETION SCHOLARSHIP

Effective Summer 2018: qualified returning students applying for re-admission to Golden Gate University are eligible to receive a scholarship to assist them in completing their degree. Undergraduate students are eligible to receive up to $2,000; Ageno School of Business students and students in the Braden School of Accounting and Taxation are eligible to receive up to $3,000 in scholarships to complete their degrees.

This scholarship cannot be combined with any other grant or scholarship offered by GGU. To qualify, re-admitted students must:

  • Be re-admitted to GGU after enrollment “stopped-out” for over one year
  • Have earned a minimum of 12 units at GGU previously
  • Demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by earning a minimum cumulative GPA or 3.0 or higher at the time enrollment stopped
  • Re-admission to same or similar program with the goal of completing the degree. Applicants to the law programs, doctoral programs, and open enrollment (non-degree) are not eligible for this scholarship
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for graduate students and 2.0 or higher for undergraduate students
  • Undergraduate students – Enroll in 6 or more units in the first term the student is re-admitted and receive a $1,000 scholarship for that term. Register for the next term to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the second term. Continuous enrollment required
  • Ageno School of Business - Enroll in 6 or more units in the first term the student is re-admitted and receive a $1,500 scholarship for that term. Register for the next term to receive a $1,500 scholarship for the second term. Continuous enrollment required
  • Braden School of Accounting and Taxation- Enroll in 3 or more units in the first term the student is re-admitted and receive a $1,500 scholarship for that term. Register for the next term to receive a $1,500 scholarship for the second term

EMBA CORPORATE FELLOWS SCHOLARSHIP

This scholarship covers 50% -- more than $30,000 -- of the tuition for the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program starting in the FAll 2018 term. The scholarship is limited to 15 high-potential applicants and will be awarded on a rolling basis. This scholarship cannot be combined with any other grant or scholarship offered by GGU. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship through the admission process. 

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be employed by a company operating in the United States
  • Have at least 5 years experience managing people, projects, or businesses
  • Apply no later than August 3, 2018

The scholarship committee will be reviewing EMBA applications on a rolling basis and will begin awarding scholarships as soon as students are admitted into the program.;


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. Students are automatically considered for this scholarship through the admission process.

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 Fall 2018, Spring 2019, or Summer 2019 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

 Flier -- International Welcome Scholarship


JUMP START GRANT

New summer 2018 GGU students are eligible to receive a $1,000 Jump Start Grant towards their Fall 2018 term tuition provided you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Complete the course(s) you are in this Summer 2018 term
  • Are eligible to continue in your program in the Fall 2018 term
  • Register and complete at least six (6) units for the Fall 2018 term

The Financial Aid Office will automatically apply the grant towards your tuition costs for the fall term as long as the criterion listed above is met. If you drop classes at any time during either semester/term, you will not be eligible for the scholarship and it will be revoked.


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

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP GRANT

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.


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.


GGU COMMUNITY TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM

These GGU Community Tuition Assistance Grant (CTAG) 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. Eligible students are required to submit CTAG form available here to the Financial Aid Office the first time they are requesting the grant.

Regular Full-time Faculty & Staff Family Tuition Grant

Members of the immediate family defined as a spouse, domestic partner, child, step-child, grandchild, parent, grandparent 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. The regular adjunct faculty is 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.

Students receiving the CTAG grant agree to the following:

  • Submit an initial CTAG form before the start of the term I am applying for
  • Each subsequent term for which the grant is to be applied, email the Financial Aid Office (FAO) at finaid@ggu.edu with the number of units the student will be taking
  • Students may only receive one grant, scholarship, or tuition discount per trimester from Golden Gate University (GGU); all GGU Grants are applied towards tuition. If a student is receiving outside sources to cover tuition costs, such as Employer Reimbursement, VA benefits, Scholarships, and/or Grants, all sources received may not exceed tuition costs for the semester/term
  • The application deadline for this scholarship is the last day of the term, for which the grant is to be applied to
  • The grant is not retroactive and cannot be applied to semesters/terms that have been completed prior to the submission of the form
  • The GGU CTAG grant is not applicable to Golden Gate School of Law programs or classes
  • If enrollment plans change, the student will notify the FAO immediately. This may result in a re-evaluation of eligibility for the GGU CTAG grant.