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Financial Information for Genetic Counseling Students

The cost of attending Emory University includes tuition and other academic charges, living expenses, and incidental expenses, such as textbooks and supplies. Charges for summer semester are the same as for any other term unless specified otherwise.

As costs continue to rise throughout the economy, the University anticipates that educational costs will be adjusted from time to time. The University reserves the right to revise tuition and other charges when necessary.

The Genetic Counseling Training Program includes a total of 6 semesters of training: Summer, Fall, Spring - Year 1; Summer, Fall, Spring - Year 2.


Tuition and Fees for 2013–2014 (per semester)
Tuition for Genetic Counseling Program $8,933
Activity Fee (fall and spring semesters) $89
Activity Fee (summer semester) $0
Athletic Fee (fall and spring semesters) $120
Athletic Fee (summer semester) $47
Mental Health and Counseling Fee $58
Immunization and Disability Fee $125
Technology Fee $50

The Immunization and Disability Fee covers the cost of administering the immunizations, the PPD tuberculin skin tests, and the care and treatment of students with positive PPD conversions, as well as the cost of long-term disability insurance. Tuition charges cover tuition, use of all facilities of instruction, general medical and health services, and library services.

If a student remains in school and drops a portion of work after the last day for change of courses, the student will not receive a refund for the work dropped. Students who have completed course and residence requirements for their degree but remain in residence to complete special projects (without obtaining credit) or to prepare for examinations must register at the beginning of each semester. Such registration requires a $500 fee.

Genetic Counseling students pay a one-time $100 Clinical Administrative Fee for their first semester of enrollment to cover background checks and drug testing that may be reuired for clinical rotations and a one-time $70 Transcript Fee.

Policy Statement on Refunds

Students who withdraw from the curriculum for any reason may qualify for a tuition refund on a semester basis. Tuition refunds will be calculated as follows:

Withdrawal during Charge Credit
First week (through Drop/Add)   0% 100%
Second week 20% 80%
Third week 40% 60%
Fourth week 60% 40%
Fifth week 80% 20%

There will be no refunds after the fifth week of any semester.

Audit Courses

The same charge for credit courses applies. Audited courses may not be established for credit by examination nor may audit courses be transferred to credit courses after the first week of classes.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for the Genetic Counseling Program includes student stipends (range $2,000-$4,000 per year) and various other scholarships and loans awarded through the Office of Financial Aid for graduate students in academic health. (

Prospective students who need financial assistance should begin early to investigate aid available to them. They should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1 if they plan to enroll the following summer. The FAFSA can be accessed on the web at The Emory University school code is 001564. Submit any additional documentation requested by the Financial Aid Office, such as federal tax returns, before March 1.

All matriculating students with loans must complete a mandatory online entrance interview as well as an exit interview upon graduation.

Special Note for Genetic Counseling Students

Students begin the Genetic Counseling program in the summer 2014 semester, which is the last semester of the financial aid year. Students beginning in Summer 2014 must complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA for Summer 2014 as well as the 2015-2015 FAFSA for Fall 2014, Spring 2015 and Summer 2015.


There are a limited number of scholarships for genetic counseling students based on financial need. Eligibility is based on information from your FAFSA, and no additional application is required. A few merit scholarships may be awarded to incoming students based on merit, and these do not require an application, either.

Allied Health Tuition Loans

Students are eligible to borrow from the University to assist in paying tuition. No additional application is required. The interest rate is 4.22% (fixed).

Federal Loans

The Office of Financial Aid will determine a student's eligibility for federal Direct Stafford Loans. Students who wish to accept those loans will be given instructions on how to complete the loan promissory note when they receive their financial aid award letter. Students interested in the federal Direct GradPLUS Loan for additional funds should wait until they receive their initial award letter, then complete a GradPLUS Request Form that can be downloaded from the Office of Financial Aid website. 

Private loans

Students who need additional funds beyond the amount awarded by the Financial Aid Office may apply for private student loans. These loans require the borrower to undergo a credit check, and the interest rate is determined by the student's credit score. More information about these and all other student loans is available on the Financial Aid Office website at

Veterans Benefits

Students eligible for Veterans Administration Benefits should notify the Office of Financial Aid and coordinate this information with the Office of the Registrar.

Other Scholarships

Some professional organizations for people in the health care industry offer scholarship opportunities. Students can research these programs by searching on the web or by talking to faculty members in their academic program. In most cases, a separate application would be supplied by the sponsor of the scholarship.

Payment Plan

Students have the option of making four separate monthly payments for their tuition and fees via the Emory Payment Plan. There is a $60 fee to make use of the payment plan, and it is not available for summer semester. See for details.


The Emory University Bookstores, located in the Oxford Road Building, stock new and used textbooks for all Emory courses, as well as a broad selection of study aids, general and scholarly trade titles, school and office supplies, Emory-imprinted clothing and gifts, and many other items.

Campus Dining

Meals are available at several campus dining areas, including the central Food Service operation in the Dobbs University Center (DUC). Fast food service is available in Cox Hall. For additional information, check out the Emory Dining website at


Emory University does not provide on-campus housing for graduate students. However, the Office of Residence Life and Housing provides information regarding off-campus housing. Contact them at (404) 727-7631 or refer to their website at


Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport makes Emory readily accessible to or from any part of the world. Airport limousines provide transportation to the campus. Rapid transit authority buses connect Emory to Atlanta’s rapid rail system (Lindbergh Station) and all parts of the city.

Campus shuttle buses operate weekdays, stopping at various points around campus, including the parking decks, University graduate and undergraduate housing, Emory University Hospital and Clinic, the Rehabilitation Center, and Wesley Woods. For a schedule and route map, contact Transportation and Parking Services 1945 Starvine Way (in the Clairmont Parking deck)  Separate shuttle routes serve Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.