In order to comply with all FERPA Privacy Regulations, Emory has implemented several options for students to control who has access to their financial records. We encourage you to speak with your student about the following options:

Guest access

Guest Access

Students can add up to five guest accounts in the OPUS student portal. Guests are given a unique username and password to access the OPUS portal and complete various tasks such as making one-time payments, waiving student health insurance, viewing charges and financial aid, or accessing academic information.

Students are responsible for selecting what access they would like to grant to each Guest. The University cannot make changes to this access.

Important: Beginning fall 2020, Authorized Party access will be required to setup a payment plan with Emory University. This functionality will no longer be available through Guest Access. Please see below for more information.


Bill Payer

If you will be paying your student's bills each semester, we recommend speaking with your student about being added as a Bill Payer. Students can add your email address as the Bill Payer under the Profile tile in OPUS. This will prompt Emory to send all billing notifications to the student as well as the Bill Payer on file.

This is a separate requirement to Guest Access – without being added as a Bill Payer, you will not receive any billing notifications. Students are responsible for adding your email address – the University cannot make changes to this field.


Nelnet Authorized Party

With our new partnership with Nelnet, parents can setup and manage their student's monthly payment plan without relying on the student for notification. To start, your student must access the Nelnet Payment Plan website to add you as an Authorized Party. You will be provided with Nelnet credentials to login and then setup, manage and pay your student's payment plan.

Being added as an Authorized Party is a one-time requirement. After setup, you can login to Nelnet each semester to setup the monthly payment plan at Emory.

To login to Nelnet, students will access the Student Account tile in OPUS and select Enroll /Manage My Payment Plan under the Make a Payment tab. From there, they will be taken to Nelnet where they can view their dashboard and add an authorized party:


*Note – upon first login attempt, student will have to setup initial account before reaching this screen.

Please see our step-by-step guide to setup access as an authorized party. Nelnet Authorized Parties can login directly to Nelnet.

Important: You cannot register at this site – the student must add you as an Authorized Party through their OPUS portal.