Financial Aid Eligibility

Emory uses a variety of tools to determine student and family eligibility for need-based financial aid. We conduct a thorough review of each application, taking care to thoughtfully assess your family’s financial circumstances.

Need-based applicants typically receive some combination of institutional and federal grants, loans, and work-study awards. To be considered for need-based financial aid, you must submit the FAFSA, CSS Profile, and tax returns (if applicable) by the stated deadline for your admission plan.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Federal regulations and Emory University policies require that financial aid recipients make satisfactory academic progress. This means that you must proceed toward the successful and timely completion of your degree requirements. The programs affected by the satisfactory academic progress requirements include all federal, state, and university aid. If you receive funds from any of these programs, you must demonstrate and maintain satisfactory academic progress or you will face financial aid probation, denial of aid from these sources, or both. If you receive scholarships that are based on merit, you also must comply with the specific academic requirements associated with the scholarship.

Each school and division within the university sets its own required standards for continuation in a program of study. Please refer to your school's academic advisors for details regarding these requirements.

Important Dates

Important Dates 2018-2019
Admission DeadlineFinancial Aid Deadline
(FAFSA/Profile/IDOC)
Early Decision I (EDI)November 1December 3
Scholar ProgramsNovember 15(Based on selected decision plan)
Early Decision II (EDII)January 1January 15
Regular DecisionJanuary 1February 15

Who’s Eligible for Financial Aid?

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Federal Eligibility

Information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine federal eligibility for need-based aid.

Learn more about federal aid programs
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Emory Eligibility

Emory’s primary objective when offering financial aid is to assist as many students as possible by using a combination of available funds.

Learn more about how Emory determines aid eligibility

Federal Verification

FAFSA applications are randomly selected by the Department of Education for a process called verification. The verification process requires our office to audit data on the FAFSA using additional supporting documentation which will be requested from the student. Once the documentation is submitted to the office, the verification team will compare the information entered on the FAFSA with the newly submitted documentation. If there is a discrepancy, the FAFSA must be corrected.

The deadline to submit the documentation is the end of the term for which the aid is offered. If the requested documentation is not submitted by the end of the term, need-based federal aid funds that will be canceled. Need-based federal aid funds the Federal Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Direct Subsidized Loan, and Federal Work-Study. You are not eligible for these funds until the verification process is completed.

As the school is completing the verification process, if it suspects that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, the suspicion and any evidence will be reported to the U.S. Office of Inspector General.