Student Qualifications

  • Must be enrolled full-time as a regular student pursuing a MPH or MSPH degree.
  • Must maintain satisfactory progress as defined by the Rollins School of Public Health.
  • US Citizens and Permanent Residents must file the FAFSA form each year to be considered for a Rollins Earn And Learn Award. Eligibility is determined by the Office of Financial Aid and is based on when students submitted a completed FAFSA (and is awarded first-come, first-serve).
  • International students who are eligible to work can apply for REAL after they are admitted to the Rollins School of Public Health. Applications for the REAL Award will be sent by Office of Admissions and awards will allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Student must work the maximum number of allowed hours per semester to earn the full award amount (the wages earned are taxable).
  • Must have a Rollins Earn And Learn Award to be hired into REAL positions.

Note: First-time awardees must attend a mandatory Rollins Earn And Learn Orientation Sessions. The dates are announced during Mid-August (at the latest). Students will not be permitted to begin work unless students have attended one of these sessions.

Student Employment

  • Rollins Earn And Learn (REAL) Student Employment (50% RSPH/50% Institutional (Emory) Funding or Organization Funding): Rollins Earn and Learn employment is partially funded by the Rollins School of Public Health. For the 2020-2021 academic year, 50% of an eligible student's wages (up to the student's award maximum) will be paid by RSPH, while the remaining 50% of wages (up to the award maximum and any amount earned above the limit) will be paid by the department or organization employing the student. REAL student employees may work either on-campus or at select approved off-campus or remote sites.
  • Multiple Employments: Students are allowed employment in only one position funded through the Rollins Earn And Learn at a given time. However, a student employee may hold both a Rollins Earn And Learn position and a non-REAL position simultaneously. Additionally, within the same semester, students may not use part of their award with one position and the remainder with another position.