Courtesy Scholarship

The Courtesy Scholarship is a grant that covers tuition exclusively (not textbooks, fees or other miscellaneous charges), available to Emory employees and their family members who apply and are admitted for enrollment in academic programs at Emory University. The percentage of tuition covered depends on your years of service.

Eligibility

Refer to the Courtesy Scholarship Policy for eligibility requirements.

View Courtesy Scholarship Policy

How to Enroll

STEP 1: Complete the Admissions Process

Apply to the appropriate school by meeting all deadlines and admission requirements. Once the Office of Admissions receives and enters your application for your requested school into OPUS, you can apply for the Courtesy Scholarship. 

The scholarship will be applied when the student is enrolled in a course, not upon acceptance into the school

STEP 2: Complete the Courtesy Scholarship Application in OPUS

After the admissions application has been entered in OPUS by the Office of Admissions, the employee receives an ID and password providing login access to OPUS.

In OPUS, the student completes the Courtesy Scholarship Application.

An employee ID # is required to log into OPUS (your employee ID can be found in Self-Service/PeopleSoft: After logging in, click Personal Information > Personal Details > Additional Information.

Allow time for processing. Contact the school’s admissions office directly if there are any difficulties in obtaining log in information.

STEP 3: Provide Proof of Relationship to Student Financial Services

The student is required to present proof of relationship, per the Courtesy Scholarship Policy. Proof should be brought to Stephanie Lester, Courtesy Scholarship Administrator in the B Jones Center, Room 101. The scholarship is not awarded until this step is completed.

Log in to OPUS

Impact on Taxes

The taxability of the educational assistance is determined by federal regulations and is subject to change. Currently, up to $5,250 of educational assistance provided to an employee is not included in taxable income. Amounts above $5,250 are included in taxable income, and FICA is withheld. An example is provided below:

Impact on Taxes
Spring SemesterSummer SemesterFall SemesterTotal Courtesy AwardEducational Assistance not included in taxable incomeEducational Assistance included in taxable incomeFICA Taxes to be deducted (7.65%)
$10,517$8,305$0$18,822$5,250$13,572$1,038.25

FAQs

The Courtesy Scholarship is a grant that covers tuition exclusively (not textbooks, fees or other miscellaneous charges). It is made available to Emory employees and their family members who apply and are admitted for enrollment in academic programs at Emory University. The percentage of tuition covered depends on your years of service.

Regular full-time employees who have completed 1 year of consecutive service are eligible to enroll in undergraduate, graduate or professional level courses up to 5 credit hours per academic session (for the purposes of the Courtesy Scholarship policy, 36 hours or more is considered regular full-time). Regular part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week and completing 2 years of consecutive service are eligible to enroll in undergraduate, graduate or professional level courses up to 4 credit hours per academic session. For specific details, see the policy.

To determine when the Courtesy Scholarship is available to you, log on to Self-Service, click Benefits > Education Benefits > Courtesy Scholarship. Under Instructions for First Time Applicants, click Employee or Spouse; then click Continue (bottom right). These steps will take you to the page to view your current Courtesy Scholarship eligibility status and the dates you and your dependents are eligible.

The Courtesy Scholarship covers only academic credit hours for which an employee, spouse or child (natural or legally adopted) actually enrolls in an academic session, up to the maximum credit hours allowed. Eligible dependents of regular full-time and part-time eligible employees may enroll in undergraduate courses only.

Contact Information

Courtesy Scholarship Administrator
Contact for:

Questions about enrolling

Name:

Stephanie Lester, Courtesy Scholarship Administrator, Emory University, Student Financial Services

Address:
B. Jones Center, Room 101 Atlanta, Georgia 30322
Benefits and Work Life Department
Contact for:

Questions about the policy