Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., founded in 1901, is a private school that focuses on business, information technology, taxation and law degrees. GGU has a main campus in San Francisco and satellite campuses in Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and an online program called CyberCampus. The Enrollment Services department helps veterans to use Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to attend GGU for a variety of degrees.
Using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veterans Benefits at Golden Gate University
Kathleen Kelly, M.A., the associate director of Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans Affairs in the Enrollment Services department at GGU, notes that approximately 120 students use the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other veterans programs. The average student using veterans benefits is "male, over 25 years old [and attends] part-time."
GGU graduate Victoria Nicks, 36, of Palm Springs, Calif., used veterans benefits to complete both her bachelor's and master's degrees at Golden Gate University. "After a few classes at the University of Phoenix, I decided that I would prefer a degree from a brick-and-mortar college. As a single working mom, however, I needed a college that offered online classes as well," says Nicks.
"I did some research, and came up with a short list of candidate schools. I asked the veteran's adviser at the local community college for a recommendation, and it turned out that she had applied to GGU many years before, early in her education. She had nothing but good things to say about the school, and after a brief period of deliberation, I contacted the admissions department to discuss entering their Information Technology program."
Golden Gate University - Are Tuition and Fees Covered by the GI Bill?
Golden Gate University is a member of the Veterans Administration's Yellow Ribbon Program, designed to help vets using the Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for tuition at colleges with higher tuition levels. GGU reduces tuition up to 50% for qualifying veterans and the VA matches it, which allows many non-traditional students using GI Bill money to attend without paying any portion of tuition and fees out of pocket.
Veterans who wish to enroll at GGU and use Post-9/11 GI benefits should visit the VA GI Bill website for more details to verify eligibility and to determine the dollar amounts for tuition and fees, books, and housing allowance provided.
Veterans Benefits for Post-9/11 GI Bill
According to Kelly, the most popular undergraduate major at Golden Gate University for students using veterans benefits is business management, while at the graduate level the "Executive Masters of Public Administration [and] Law School" are popular.
For more information about admissions, veterans benefits and using the GI Bill at Golden Gate University, visit their Veterans Affairs page or call 415-442-7283. Veterans can also read about state schools in California, such as Humboldt State University, that accept GI Bill benefits for bachelor's and master's degrees.