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.
SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL GRANT

Begining Fall Term 2019, new undergraduate students carrying at least six units per term will receive a 30% tuition grant ($462 per unit).

This grant may not be combined with any other scholarship or grant offered by GGU.


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 enrolled at GGU between Fall 2016 through Summer 2019.
  • Fully- or conditionally-admitted to an associate's or bachelor's degree program (certificate programs are not eligible)
  • Continuous enrollment required to receive grant
  • 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 is available to student that began their studies at GGU Fall 2016 through Summer 2019 and cannot be combined with any other grant or scholarship offered by Golden Gate University.


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 degree-granting program in the School of Business, Accounting, or Taxation. Programs offered by the School of Law or School of Undergraduate Studies 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. These grants are not retroactive and may not be combined with any other grant or scholarship offered by Golden Gate University.

 
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}.

 
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).

 
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.

 
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 they are 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 programs or studies in the School of Law or School of Undergraduate Studies
  • The GGU CTAG grant is not applicable to specially priced graduate certificate programs
  • 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.

ENTERPRISE LEARNING AGREEMENT GRANT

Golden Gate University's (GGU) Enterprise Learning Agreement (ELA) is a no-cost partnership that makes higher education more affordable and accessible for students. Through our Corporate Partnership Program, GGU will work with the student's employer to establish an ELA which will allow all employees from the same company to receive a tuition grant of up to twenty percent (20%).

Contingent on the number of students enrolled from the same company and attending the same semester/term, each student could receive a ten percent (10%), a fifteen percent (15%) or up to a twenty percent (20%), based on the following tiers:

  • Tier 1
    1 to 5 employees enrolled for the same semester/term at GGU from the same employer would qualify for each student to receive a ten percent (10%) discount towards tuition.
  • Tier 2
    6 to 15 employees enrolled for the same semester/term at GGU from the same employer would qualify each student to receive a fifteen (15%) discount towards tuition.
  • Tier 3
    16 to 20 employees enrolled for the same semester/term at GGU from the same employer would qualify each student to receive a twenty (20%) discount towards tuition.

For more information on becoming a Corporate Partner, please click here or contact our team at corporatepartnership@ggu.edu If your company is already an ELA with GGU and to request the grant, please complete the GGU ELA Grant form below and submit it to the Financial Aid Office at finaid@ggu.edu.


TAX GRANT FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

Golden Gate University offers a forty percent (40%) Tax Grant to Public Employees. The grant is available to full-time employees of US federal, state, county or city governmental agencies on tuition costs for any tax course offered at GGU. Only courses with the prefix TA are eligible for the discount. Employment will be verified. Please note this grant may not be applied with any other GGU tuition grants or scholarships.


MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN TAXATION COHORT GRANT

The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) Day Cohort Grant will be offered to students admitted into the MST cohort program for Fall 2019. The amount of the grant is equal to the tuition value of a 3-unit course, $3,750. To be considered for this grant, submit your application to the program no later than July 5, 2019.


FINANCIAL PLANNING ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP

Beginning Fall 2019 term, Golden Gate University will offer 30 scholarships exclusively to Financial Planner Association (FPA) members who enroll in a graduate certificate in financial planning program.

 
Scholarship Amounts
  • Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning (7 courses): $11,690
  • Graduate Certificate in Financial Life Planning (3 courses): $5,010

Both scholarships are available to students enrolled in the Master of Science in Financial Planning degree program as long as they are also receiving one of these certificates.

Students in any of these programs must be new to GGU (not previously enrolled) for the Fall 2019 term.

This scholarship may not be combined with any other scholarship or grant offered by GGU. FPA membership will be verified.


MASTER OF SCIENCE IN IT MANAGEMENT DAY COHORT GRANT

Golden Gate University will offer a $4,000 grant to students admitted in the Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree program in Fall 2019.

This scholarship may be combined with other scholarships or grants. Some restriction do apply.


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 2019 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. To be considered, admitted students must submit an essay to be considered for this scholarship.

 
To be considered, admitted students must:
  • Be employed by a company operating in the United States
  • Have at least 5 years experience managing people, projects, or businesses
  • Submit an essay describing their qualifications and need for the scholarship. The essay, along with a resume, must be submitted to finaid@ggu.edu no later than August 9, 2019.

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 SCHOLARSHIPS

Golden Gate University welcomes students from all over the world and offers scholarship for all qualified international students who enroll in a master's degree program. Admitted students that have not previously attended Golden Gate University and satisfy the admissions criteria will be automatically considered for an International Student Scholarship or Grant through the admission process. You will receive official notification of your scholarship eligibility upon admission to Golden Gate University. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded in each of the following categories:

 
International President's Scholars -- $20,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 90 or PTE of 65 or IELTS composite of 7.5 with no sub-score of less than 6.5 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. An International President's Scholar is eligible to receive up to $20,000 to complete their degree, $5,000 per term for up to 4 consecutive terms. This scholarship is available to students in the School of Business or School of Accounting who start in the fall, spring, or summer terms.

 
International Dean's Scholars -- $16,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 85 or PTE of 62 or IELTS composite of 7.0 with no sub-score of less than 6.0 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a Bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. An International Dean's Scholar is eligible to receive up to $16,000 to complete their degree, $4,000 per term for up to 4 consecutive terms. This scholarship is available to students in the School of Business or School of Accounting who start in the fall, spring, or summer terms.

 
Academic Program Scholarships -- $10,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 82 or PTE of 59 or IELTS composite of 6.5 with no sub-score of less than 6.0 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. The Academic Program Scholarship recipients are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to complete their degree, $2,500 per term for up to 4 consecutive terms. This scholarship is available to students in the School of Business or School of Accounting who start in the fall or spring terms only. Eligible programs include Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Information Technology Management, Marketing and Project Management.

 
Welcome Grant -- $2,000

Admitted students who earned a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and who demonstrate English language proficiency as evidenced by a minimum TOEFL score of 79 or PTE of 57 or IELTS composite of 6.5 will be considered. Students who have earned a master's degree after earning a bachelor's degree will be considered using the cumulative grade point average and English language proficiency as noted above. Our Welcome grant is a one-time award of $2,000 applied to tuition in the first term of enrollment. This scholarship is available to students in the School of Business or School or Accounting who start in the fall, spring, or summer terms.

 
To be considered for any of the scholarships listed above:
  • Students must have their applications complete and ready for review by June 1 for Fall, November 1 for Spring and March 15 for Summer terms.
  • Students must be an international student who entered the United State using an F Visa. Students studying on a J visa are not eligible for these scholarships or grants.
  • President's, Dean's, and Academic Program scholarship recipients must be continuously enrolled in 9 or more units and maintain satisfactory academic progress as evidenced by achieving and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in each term of enrollment. These scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four consecutive (4) terms.
  • Students may only receive one scholarship or grant. Specifically, President's, Dean's, and Academic Program scholarship recipients are not eligible for the Welcome Grant or the Alumni Referral Grant.
  • A $1,000 US tuition deposit is required of all admitted students prior to the issuance of visa eligibility documents (commonly known as form I-20). The deposit is credited toward the first term's tuition and is non-refundable.
  • Students who defer enrollment to a future term will lose eligibility for their scholarship.

ALUMNI REFERRAL GRANT

When Golden Gate University alum refers a student to one of our degree granting programs, we will give that student a tuition grant on behalf of the alum. A grant in the alum's name acknowledges the important role that person is playing in the academic and career success of that student. The student would receive a grant in the amount of $1,500 for an undergraduate degree or $3,000 for a graduate degree. The grant would be applied to the students' first term at GGU and may not be combined with any other scholarships or grants.

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. 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. 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. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

 
To apply for a special scholarship, you must:
  • Complete a 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. 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.