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Tuition and Financial Aid

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Students enrolled in the JD Flex program are charged tuition on a per-unit basis. The JD Flex program is 88 units, and the cost of JD tuition for the 2022–2023 academic year is $1,750 per unit.*

In addition to tuition, all GGU Law JD students pay certain materials, one-time, and recurring fees per semester. See fee details

For JD Flex students, there are no additional fees associated with the weekend on-campus sessions. Travel costs, lodging (if needed), and food are the responsibility of the student.  

*Please note that published tuition rates and fees are subject to adjustment prior to the beginning of each semester. 

Full-Tuition JD Flex Fellowships

In each fall admissions cycle, two entering students are awarded fellowships that include full-tuition scholarships and a $5,000 stipend to support a summer internship.
  • A student with strong interest and potential in a career in intellectual property, technology, or a related field is awarded the Intellectual Property and Technology Fellowship.
  • A student with strong interest and potential in a career in social justice advocacy, public interest law, or a related field is awarded the Social Justice and Public Interest Fellowship.
For more information about the fellowships and how to apply, see JD Flex Fellowships.


The Office of Admissions awards various scholarships to entering students at the time of admission. No additional documentation beyond the standard application materials is required to be considered for these scholarships. Additionally, after the first year of law school has been completed, continuing students are eligible for multiple additional scholarships. Scholarships available to entering students include the following. Scholarship amounts are stated in the admission offer letters.
  • Dean’s and faculty merit scholarships
  • Public Interest Scholars Program (PISP) scholarships
  • Environmental Law Scholars Program (ELSP) scholarships
  • California scholarships, which are available to a select number of admitted students who earned their undergraduate degrees at one of California’s public universities (CSU or UC). These scholarships are based on the recipients’ academic achievements and contributions to their campus communities.
More details about scholarships are available on our financial aid page.

Financial Aid

GGU Law administers a full range of financial aid programs, including scholarships, federal loans, and private loans that help students fund their legal education. Students are often eligible to finance their education using several of the following programs.

Federal Student Aid

In order to be eligible for federal student aid, a student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Our school code is 001205.

Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loans

A Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan is a federal student loan that must be repaid. These loans are offered to eligible students who need help paying for tuition and related expenses. 

The loans have a fixed interest rate. Interest begins to accrue at the time of disbursement. Repayment of the loan begins six months after the borrower graduates, leaves school, or drops below half-time enrollment. Payment of interest may be deferred during this time. However, any interest accrual is added to the principal borrowed and increases the amount on which future interest is calculated. 

Federal Direct Plus Loans

The Direct PLUS Loan is a deferred payment loan funded by the U.S. Department of Education available to credit-worthy students in addition to the Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan.

Private Loans

Students can pursue loans through private lenders. Private loans are not guaranteed through the federal government and are based on an individual’s credit rating. Private lenders often have different variable interest rates, repayment schedules, and loan approval criteria.

Tuition Reimbursement Programs from Your Employer

Even if your employer does not explicitly promote it, your employer may offer support for your legal education in the form of tuition reimbursement or loans. You can discuss your career goals with your employer to determine whether such options exist.

Military Benefits

Golden Gate University has been a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in August 2009 and is in the top 15% nationwide of colleges and universities who have committed to a large dollar grant to the Yellow Ribbon Program for our country’s veterans to start or complete their educational goals.

Tuition benefits for qualifying veterans include:

  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Tuition/Fees & Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill®: Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®: Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
  • Active Duty Tuition Assistance
Funding for International Students

If you are an international student, Funding for U.S. Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships, and grants that may help you find financial aid. The information is maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE). This resource includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.

For more details about these programs, see our financial aid page or talk to our Financial Aid Office.

Contact Us

We want to help you achieve your dream of a legal education and have a solid plan for how to pay for it. Contact our Financial Aid Office to understand the details of the financial aid process and the options available to you: 

Important Dates

Application Open

October 20th, 2022

Fall Application Deadline

June 1st, 2023

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