Doctor of Nursing Practice Financial Aid 2019-2020

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Tuition (per credit hour)*$1,957
Academic Fees (per semester) **$500
Health Insurance***$3,750

* Tuition is based on 2019-2020 tuition rates approved by the Board of Trustees. Future academic year tuition rates are subject to change. Tuition is charged per hour up to 12 semester hours.

** Academic fees will vary based upon the semester. This is an average amount per semester.

*** Health insurance is required for all students. You will be billed automatically for the university’s student health insurance plan if you do not provide proof of adequate coverage by another insurer.


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Students will need to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for federal and state-specific scholarships. Use the IRS retrieval feature, if possible, to save yourself some time. If you have not applied for federal financial aid before, you will need to create a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID. You will also need Emory University’s Federal School Code to complete the form: 001564.

Students should begin their financial aid application at the same time as their application for admission to ensure that financial aid awards are received by the deposit deadline. Missing documents and incorrect information will delay Emory’s ability to process your application. To ensure consideration for all need-based financial assistance, complete the following forms by the dates indicated.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 semester

  • Forms to complete: 2020-2021 FAFSA
  • Tax Return Year: 2018
  • Form Available: October 2019-June 2021
  • Preferred Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
  • Notes:
    • Complete as a graduate student
    • You are not required to provide parental financial information.


A wide range of scholarships and fellowship opportunities are available to help reduce the cost of students’ nursing education. Scholarships are funds that do not have to be repaid. All admitted students are evaluated for merit scholarships. To learn more about other available scholarship opportunities, visit the School of Nursing’s web site.  

Federal Student Loans

Federal Stafford Loans student loans are available for graduate students. The current lifetime loan limit is $138,500 for graduates. If a student has already borrowed this amount, he or she would not be able to borrow more for a graduate degree through the Stafford program. Because these funds must be repaid, exhaust all other sources of aid first and borrow only what is absolutely necessary. The types of federal loans available are listed below.

Unsubsidized Direct Loan

If you do not demonstrate financial need, you may borrow an unsubsidized loan. Unsubsidized loan interest accrues from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full. Interest may be paid while you are enrolled in school or allowed to accrue. Accrued interest will be capitalized; meaning it will be added to the principal amount of the loan when it enters repayment. Repayment of principal and interest begins six months after you are no longer enrolled at least part-time.

Graduate PLUS Loans

Graduate students are eligible for a Graduate PLUS loan to assist with costs beyond what can be covered through the unsubsidized Stafford loan program. Before borrowing the graduate PLUS loan, students should first borrow the maximum amount through the unsubsidized Stafford loan program. The Graduate PLUS loan does require credit check approval by the Department of Education to receive the funds.


Private Supplemental Loans

Summer Aid

Annual loan limits cap the total amount of Federal Direct Loans a student can receive during one academic year (generally fall/spring/summer). Students who have received full-time Stafford Loans in the fall and spring, will not have federal student loans available to them for the summer session. Students needing assistance can pursue private supplemental loans to offset the difference in their financial aid. Student and professional nursing organizations, the Georgia Student Finance Commission, as well Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Corps programs have scholarships available for all nursing programs. Companies such as CVS MinuteClinic and Johnson & Johnson and Tylenol also offer generous scholarships for nursing students. Other opportunities are listed on the School of Nursing web site. 

Private Scholarships

Private scholarships for college students are offered each year by various corporate, professional, trade, government, civic, religious, social, and fraternal organizations. These scholarships can range in amount from small honorariums to thousands of dollars. To be considered, students must meet the eligibility criteria specified by the donor and complete the donor's scholarship application. Searching for and applying for a scholarship is a time-consuming process, so it is a good idea to start as early as possible.

It can take several weeks to process a financial aid application. We encourage you to complete and submit financial aid application early. After your application materials have been reviewed and processed, you will receive an email from the Office of Financial Aid to your address, notifying you that your Award Notice is available on OPUS.

For questions or to discuss your financial aid package contact the Emory Office of Financial Aid or