Financial Aid Information for Parents and Families

For dependent students, Emory university considers the cost of higher education to be a partnership between the university, students, and students' families.

Expected Family Contribution

The term "Expected Family Contribution" (EFC) is defined as a measure of the financial strength of a student’s family and represents the amount you and they should be able to pay toward their education. Once your student’s EFC is calculated, it is then subtracted from the Cost of Attendance for their program to determine the amount of financial aid they will be offered in their financial aid package.

Review family and student contribution expectations

Non-Custodial Parents

On the FAFSA, Students are required to report financial information for their custodial parent(s). When submitting tax records, however, students should submit materials not only for their custodial parent(s), but also for any non-custodial legal parents who are separated or divorced from a custodial parent and any custodial stepparents for all such parents should also be included in their IDOC submission. Reporting this information represents neither a commitment nor an obligation for these parents to assume financial responsibility for their Emory student.

Guest Access in OPUS

Students can grant guest access for up to five people in OPUS, including parents and family members. Students decide which information guests can access when they create the invite, and this selection can include permissions to view financial aid packages and disbursement details.

How students set up guest access in OPUS

Office of Financial Aid Parent & Family Communications Policy

Emory's Office of Financial Aid does not, by default, copy parents, guardians, or other family members on email messages or materials physically mailed to students. However, any parent who takes out a loan (such as a Federal Parent PLUS Loan) through the Office of Financial Aid to help pay for their student's education will receive direct communications by email or physical mail as required by that program.

A student may choose to designate their parent(s), guardian(s), or other family members as guests in OPUS who have permission to view information posted by the Office of Financial Aid in OPUS. Students can make changes to who is designated as a copied recipient of financial aid communications at any time, including revoking any previously given designations.