Director's Statement

Dear Students,

Our website will provide you with a wealth of helpful information specific to the financial aid process.  The mission of our central office is to support, counsel and educate students in the financial aid process by providing exceptional customer service and by administering programs with integrity and equity.  Our primary responsibilities include:

  • Collecting, and verifying your financial aid application
  • Awarding federal, state, and Emory need-based aid
  • Providing liaison services to your educational loan lender, school and related partners
  • Advising you on aid programs and processes

A financial aid advisor has been assigned to you and will be your main contact throughout your student experience.  Your advisor is available to answer questions regarding application requirements, eligibility and financial aid awards.  Your advisor contact information, office hours and helpful instructions can be found here.

Email is the primary medium for official communication with students, and OPUS is your online student center resource.  OPUS can be used to review your “To Do List,” financial aid package and disbursement dates.  OPUS also supports guest access.  Through guest access students can choose and sponsor up to five guests and design their access to a variety of student areas such as admissions, academics, and student health.  Access can also be provided to financial information.

As you complete the admission and aid process you will begin to receive award letters from the colleges of your choice.  Carefully consider how each award offered will help you pay for your education.  As with any other major purchase, deciding which college you can afford requires a thorough comparison of all the variables.  Before you make a final decision, read each section of the award letter, ask questions and gather the facts.

You need to know at least three important pieces of information about each college and aid offer you are considering:

  • The comprehensive cost of education (tuition, fees, room, food and books, etc.)
  • The amounts and types of financial aid being offered
  • How much your family is expected to pay (usually the difference between the cost of education and the total amount of financial aid)

Think creatively about your family’s share of the cost.  Remember that your family contribution can come from several sources including:

  • Money that has been saved
  • Current income
  • Money that can be borrowed and repaid after you graduate.  In addition to student loan programs, parents with good credit can also apply for parent loans.

Knowing more about who we are, what we do and what options are available to you are important keys to your success.  Your engagement in the process is appreciated.  Please feel free to contact us if we can provide assistance.

Thank you for considering Emory as your destination.  We look forward to building a rewarding partnership with you.


Dean Bentley
Office of Financial Aid
Emory University