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 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.
SPECIAL SCHOLARSHIPS

Golden Gate University administers several special 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 Summer 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 is pleased to announce the availability our Special Scholarships, funded by our generous donors, to our student enrolled for the Fall 2018 term. Our 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 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.

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, July 27, 2018 by 4:00PM (PST). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply for a special scholarship, you must:
  • Complete a 2018-2019 FAFSA (U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident students) – Title IV School Code = 001205
  • Complete and attach an Application available here and select the scholarship you would like to be considered for.
  • Attach a Resume which includes a summary of your work, school and extracurricular activities.
  • Attach a Personal Statement (single spaced, not to exceed two typed pages) addressing the following:
    • Describe your financial needs, academic achievements and any special circumstances you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider when reviewing your application.
  • Submit a Scholarship Essay addressing the specific criteria for the scholarship you are applying for.
    • Please make sure to label each separate essay, accordingly.
  • Submit your completed application by e-mail to finaid@ggu.edu. The application deadline is Friday, July 27, 2018 by 4:00PM (PST). Incomplete application will not be considered.

The ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is available to students in our Taxation, Accounting and Business Schools. To be considers, a recipient must be in good academic standing and should describe a personal experience associated with GGU. Please indicate how your active involvement has benefited the GGU Community and the importance in giving back to GGGU. Students must be in their “final year” at GGU.

The Charles Bell Scholarship is available to Veteran students and/or their dependents that have insufficient benefits and are not 100% vested to cover their entire tuition costs; and has financial needs.


The BITA DARYBARI SCHOLARSHIP is available to International women with first preference in a MBA program and second preference n to a women in a MBA Business program and 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, Uzbekistan or Yemen must reside in or outside of the U.S. Students will describe how they had overcome significant obstacles as a woman and how they would advocate for women’s rights facing discrimination due to cultural differences and unfair practices.


The WILLIAM ENDERLEIN ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP was established to recognize students in the School of Business and Finance Accounting seeking a professional position in management. Students will describe how they have financed their education to date, how they would use their degree in a professional position of management.


The GRADUATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP was established to recognize students that have a commitment for community involvement and commitment to community service. The most qualified graduate student(s) who upon entering or who has completed their first term with GGU has maintained a GPA of 3.00 or above. Student must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution or qualified international institution. Students will describe their community service involvement, with low-income neighborhoods, school children and persons with disabilities. Student will provide a letter of reference with position(s) held and dates and duties performed associated with community service.


The GURMEHAR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP is available to students with financial need, of Indian descent (India), who are U.S. Citizens or are Permanent Resident of the U.S., and are enrolled in the School of Business. Students will describe how being a diverse student has affected their life and how do they plan to use their degree, after graduation.


The HANDLERY ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP was established by the Handlery Hotels to retain talented hospitality industry leaders or those seeking a professional position in other industries and has financial needs. Students will describe how they would use their degree in a professional management position, after graduation.


The Z.M. GILES HUGUENOT SCHOLARSHIP is available to students with financial need, a GPA of 3.00 or above. Students should describe a situation when their values, actions, or opinions were challenged and how they defended their position or advocated on behalf of another person facing discrimination due to cultural differences, language or other factors. Students should address how their GGU education will help or has already helped them practice tolerance and appreciate diversity.


The MASUD MEHRAN ENDOWED FELLOWSHIP is named after a member of the University Board of Trustees. Student must be in good academic standing, and have financial need. Preference is given to individual displaying entrepreneurial spirit and who takes initiative. Students should describe a current or previous involvement in a start-up company or organization or describe the spirit, initiative and attribute to build a successful company or organization.


The LOIS MYERS ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is available to women who are 35 years or older with a GPA of 3.00 or above with financial needs. Student should describe how they had to overcome significant obstacles and how they would use their degree to advocate for women’s rights.


The NAGEL MINER SCHOLARSHIP is available to students with financial needs. Students should describe their background, why they chose to attend GGU and explain the steps taken to participate with the GGU Community; and address how their GGU education, program of study will help them to succeed and what they plan to do with their degree, after graduation from GGU.


The ROBERT J SHAW SCHOLARSHIP is available to students enrolled in the School of Taxation and attending the Seattle Campus. Student is paying for their tuition without employer reimbursement or financial aid assistance. Students should write on the subject of “Is the “Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001” was this a good tax policy, why or why not.


The TEI SCHOLARSHIP is provided by the Tax Executives Institute, a professional organization recognizing recipients who have completed at least 12-units of a tax related degree: MST, MACTAX or MS.ACCTG.TAX. Certificate tax students are not eligible. Student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and have financial need.


The TRITASAVIT ACCOUNTING SCHOLARHSIP is available to International students in the School of Accounting, with outstanding academic achievement with financial need. Students will describe how they would use their degree to help those in need.

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.