Going to be putting my deposit in on Monday after I hear back from two other schools that I have applied to.
I was very impressed by Emory's fin aid...
Thankfully, I was awarded 43k in grants, 6.5k in loans, 2.5k in work study, and I have 6k in outside scholarships.
Remember, their COA for 2011-2012 was estimated to be around 56k. But there are factors in there that you can control. Emory Student Financial Services - Tuition Rates
You can't do anything about tuition or fees. But their COA uses their unlimited meal plan, which is about $2,400 a semester. But as transfer students, we can choose smaller meal plans, including ones that cost as little as $1,685 a semester. Emory | Dining Plans
As for books, travel and personal expenses, you can make personal choices there and save. For my freshman year of college, they said that we would spend $1,000 in books. By using Amazon and buying used, I spent about $500, and sold half of my textbooks back.
Emory is a great school, and congrats to all who got in!! For those who had less than stellar fin aid, you can make decisions that will allow you to cut costs.