Financing Your Degree

Attending graduate school is an investment in your future. Rollins offers a number of sources for funding your public health education. As with any investment, it is important for you to carefully examine your options.


Please note: Rollins Merit, Mission, and Institutional scholarships are not cumulative or refundable. Applicants who are eligible for more than one of these awards will receive the award that is of the greater amount.

Student Loan Options 

The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their direct loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments while employed fulltime by certain public service employers.

Direct Stafford Loans are low-interest loans available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half of the time. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education, authorized under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Unsubsidized loans are not based on need, although you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered. Interest will be charged from the time the loan is disbursed to the time the loan has been paid in full.

The Direct Graduate PLUS Loan is available to degree-seeking students enrolled at least half of the time (five-credit hours). This loan has a fixed interest rate that is set by the U.S. Department of Education every July 1. This loan is not based on need—it's credit-based—although you must file a FAFSA to be considered and must first be offered your Stafford Loan eligibility. You may borrow up to the full cost of attendance (as defined by the Emory Office of Financial Aid) minus other aid. Interest will be charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid in full.

Private educational loans may be an important funding source for students who need more loan funds than the federal programs can provide. Terms of private loans vary significantly. These loans can be more expensive than federal loans because the federal government does not guarantee them. The Emory University Office of Financial Aid offers a list of private lenders.

For more information or questions regarding student loans, please visit Emory University's Office of Financial Aid

Other Funding Sources

We encourage those considering Rollins to search for additional funding sources. 

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) has developed a list of scholarship and fellowship opportunities specifically for public health students. We encourage you to search the Financing Your Degree and Fellowships and Internships sections of their website. While scholarship application deadlines will vary, September is generally a good time to begin searching for these types of awards. 

The following sites are also hlepful tools:

World Health Organization (These oppportunities are for students looking to go in to graduate studies in public health-related fields)


College Board

Emory University Financial Aid Literacy Program

Emory regularly posts jobs, internships, and assistantship opportunities that can help supplement your costs—and help you get your foot in the door at an esteemed public health organization. Begin your search.


If you have a question about financing your degree, please contact Emory University's Office of Financial Aid at