Financial Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We know that this is not an easy time for anyone. We recognize that the current situation may have caused unanticipated financial challenges for our students. We are thinking about all of you and how we can help you through this time. GGU has multiple financial resources available to students during this trying time, including emergency grants and scholarships.

COVID-19 Emergency Grants

GGU, through funding from the federal government, has established a fund to assist with exceptional need related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency grants will be provided in accordance with the policy and guidance from the US Department of Education. The emergency grant amount will be determined by the types of exceptional need such as loss of employment (either for yourself and/or your families), reduced income, or food and housing insecurity. GGU is committed to assisting as many students as possible. However, funding is limited, and some requests may be denied. Grant amounts vary between $500 to $1500.

Examples of Exceptional Need
  • Loss of Employment
  • Reduced Income
Examples of Unexpected Expenses
  • Emergency relocation/temporary housing expenses
  • Temporary food insecurity/increased food expenses
  • Technology: new/upgraded laptop, upgraded internet/wi-fi, upgraded software and hardware
  • Child care
  • Mental health counseling

Application and Review Process

Spring 2022 applications will be accepted from January 3, 2022 through March 31, 2022. Applicants will receive a response within two weeks of submitting the request. Approved requests are funded during the fifth week of the term. Applications received after the fifth week are typically funded within two weeks of receipt. Funds will be provided via direct deposit. Please ensure your banking information is up-to-date in your myGGU portal.

Other Available Resources

GGU Extended Payment Plan

GGU is offering an extended payment plan for those students who need it. For more information, email:

Federal Financial Aid

Federal Aid, grants and/or loans are available to US Citizens or eligible permanent residents to assist students with their tuition, books and living/housing expenses, regardless of their income. The application process is easy and can be completed online.

To determine your eligibility, please complete the following forms as soon as possible:

For assistance, please contact our office by calling (415) 442-7270, email us at, join our zoom hour Monday-Thursday from 11 am to 12 noon (meeting ID 415 442 7270) or make an individual appointment here.

ED Guidance on Reporting of Student Grants