Returning Student Policies

Late Filer Policy

Returning undergraduate students attending Emory College, Oxford College, or the Business School must submit financial aid application materials by published deadlines to receive maximum institutional aid eligibility.

  • To be considered on-time the FAFSA must be received by February 17.
  • Late applications are assessed a penalty which reduces institutional need-based grant eligibility.
  • The later the submission past February 17, the greater the penalty.
  • Applications completed after the first day of the fall term may not be considered for institutional grant funding.
  • Supplemental documents or forms (federal verification items) may be requested at a later date.
  • Supplemental materials may be submitted after February 17 without penalty.

Underloading Policy

Emory College and Undergraduate Business students are infrequently approved to enroll in fewer than 12 hours and usually only in their final semester. To remain eligible for need-based aid, students must take 6 or more hours. Students taking less than 6 hours will not be eligible for need-based aid and their entire financial aid package will be canceled for the semester. If a student receiving need-based aid enrolls in 6 to 11 hours, tuition charges are prorated based on hours enrolled, and grant aid will be adjusted accordingly. Federal Direct and private loans are not adjusted and remain the same for 6 to 12+ hours enrolled. 

Merit scholarships are adjusted on a case by case basis and adjustments are made to ensure the amount of the scholarship amount does not exceed the cost of tuition. For merit aid only, students may enroll in 1 or more hours. 

If a student under-loads (less than 12 hours), financial aid will not be adjusted or disbursed until after the add/drop/swap period so that the Office of Financial Aid can make accurate adjustments to reflect the student’s finalized hours of enrollment.

Readmitted Student Policy

Undergraduate students that are returning from a Leave of Absence must submit financial aid application materials within 30 days of their notification of readmission from their school.

  • To be considered on-time the FAFSA must be received within 30 days of the student’s readmission notification.
  • Late applications are assessed a penalty which reduces institutional need-based grant eligibility.
  • The later the submission, the greater the penalty.
  • Federal work-study will not be offered to students with late applications.
  • A FAFSA received/completed after the first day of the term (if beyond the 30-day submission deadline) will not be considered for institutional grant funding.
  • Supplemental documents or forms (federal verification items) may be requested at a later date and may be submitted without penalty.