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tuition and fees: Calculating Costs


How much does it cost to attend Golden Gate University?

The total cost depends on your particular circumstance. The cost of your GGU education is calculated by multiplying the tuition rate by the number of courses you need to complete your degree. You will also need to add an estimated cost for books and a few one-time fees.

We have done away with most of the add-on fees that other colleges charge

In most cases, our tuition rate covers the total cost of each course. For the 2013-2014 school year, undergraduate tuition is $1,800 per course. The cost of books varies, so we suggest that you use an estimate of $240 per course in your calculations.



Full-time (8 courses)
Part-time (4 courses)
Per Course
$14,400 $7,200 $1,800
$ 1,920 $ 960 $ 240
$16,320 $8,160 $2,040

Calculating Your Own Total Cost

To calculate your own total cost, you first have to know how many courses you need to complete your degree. (As an example, the average student transferring with 60 credits from other colleges needs to take 21 courses at GGU, which is equal to 63 credits). Then, figure out your yearly cost based on whether you will be attending full-time or part-time. Just to be on the safe side, you should factor in a tuition increase of around 4 percent for each year. As with other private colleges, tuition usually goes up each year so that GGU can fund technology investments and other instructional improvements as well as cover inflation. Finally, add in a one-time fee totaling about $55 to cover your application for admission.

Make sure you calculate any additional personal expenses you will incur to attend GGU. These expenses may include housing, transportation and living expenses. If you are new to the area, our financial aid counselors can help you estimate these costs.

Please refer to the Tuition and Fees section above for current tuition rates for the various programs. Undergraduate students may also utilize GGU's Net Price Calculator to estimate your net price of attendance after grants and scholarships are factored in.