Unparalleled Support for Military Students

For more than 100 years, non-profit Golden Gate University has been helping military students achieve their professional goals. Originally founded as a night school by the YMCA, Golden Gate University has a rich tradition of serving military veterans. This connection began in earnest in the early 1900s, when returning World War I veterans enrolled in the University’s law programs.

Golden Gate University’s rich history and experience with adult learning make it a natural fit for veterans and members of the military. GGU’s modern history with the military began following an invitation to offer degree programs on Hamilton Air Force Base in Marin County, California in 1967. This program fit the needs of the military so well that, within a year, it had spread to three bases and ultimately included nearly three dozen teaching facilities and 36,000 enrollments on military bases across the United States.

The program was highly revered by students and commanders alike and offered classes designed for military schedules and motivations. Graduates of GGU programs eventually included admirals and astronauts, with students across all service branches.

Helen Diller Center for
Veterans of U.S. Military Service

The veterans center at GGU is staffed by a team of coaches, a community and digital events manager, and our Veteran Ambassadors who work closely with other university resource offices such as the VA Certification Office and Office of Accessible Education. We also keep and seek out close connections with area and national Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) as well as the Veterans Administration. Our team members are all veterans or military spouses, and some are students themselves.

Our team of veterans and military family members are standing by to offer the following support:

  • Community — GGU provides virtual and physical spaces for our 1,000+ military students to connect, network, and access mentors.
  • Coaching — Our coaching programs ensure that you are supported during each academic transition you’ll experience. From the moment you’re admitted to the university, our Military Student Onboarding Coach will ensure that you make the transition from service to school smoothly.
  • Military Student Success Coaching — Meet with us to explore how to best navigate GGU to accomplish as many of your academic aspirations as possible.
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Military Benefits at GGU

Tuition Benefits

Golden Gate University 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 1606 Montgomery GI Bill®: Selected Reserve
  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill®: Active Duty
  • Chapter 31 Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
  • Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 Tuition/Fees & Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Chapter 35 Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
  • Active Duty Tuition Assistance

Additional Resources

Military Student Success Coaching

We support our veterans throughout every step of their journey at GGU. We aim to meet with you and offer in-depth consulting to ensure your current educational path aligns with your entitlements. Our Student Success Coaching team will help make sure you’re able to accomplish as many of your academic aspirations as possible.

Career Resources

GGU offers robust career services and support. We also have a dedicated career program and outreach manager at the Helen Diller Center for Veterans of US Military Service at GGU. The Office of Career Planning (OCP) supports student veterans in strategic career management. We help veterans identify their transferable skills which can be effectively marketed for civilian positions. OCP partners with veteran support services to deliver specialized programming that helps students communicate their value to employers.

Career Services Include:

  • Confidential, one-on-one appointments
  • Career assessments
  • Resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile reviews
  • Guidance in interviewing, networking and salary negotiations
  • Opportunities to connect with employers

Wellness Resources

The counselors at GGU Wellness Resources know that it can take a while for the transition from military culture to civilian life to settle into place. We can help you create a plan for moving forward in the best way for you.

Personalized assistance with many wellness-related issues, including:

  • Coping with stress
  • Managing exam anxiety
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Dealing with illnesses or accidents
  • Concerns about substance use
  • Managing commitments to family, relationships and school

Student Life

The Office of Student Life helps students build their co-curricular experience whether through skill and professional development or campus involvement. We also hold events to recognize the contributions of our veterans and active military students, staff, and faculty.

Office of Accessible Education

The Office of Accessible Education provides accommodations and resources to students in order to offer equal access to education. Services are tailored to meet individual student needs. Students are encouraged to meet with the disability services coordinator to discuss their needs and involvement in the disability services program.

We provide assistance with many types of disabilities, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Learning difficulties
  • PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Severe depression

Law School Veterans Legal Advocacy Center

GGU Law’s Veterans Legal Advocacy Center seeks to open the profession to more of our distinguished veterans and to both create and partner with others to offer programs that serve our students and support the legal needs of the broader veterans community.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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