My parents are divorced. Whose information will you need, and does this impact my aid?

We need information from both biological/adoptive parents, even if they are divorced.  Eligibility for aid is based on the expectation that both parents should contribute financially to their child’s educational expenses; therefore, both parents must submit financial aid application information to Duke.  The parent listed on the FAFSA (referred to as Parent 1) should be the first to complete the CSS Profile. Once Parent 1's household information has been entered and CSS Profile completed, Parent 2 (the other biological or adoptive parent) should then complete their own CSS Profile. 

A separate contribution is calculated for each parent and added together to determine a total family contribution.  If either parent has remarried, any spousal income information will be excluded from the analysis because Duke will never use more than two parents when determining aid eligibility. 

In rare circumstances, Duke may waive the requirement for Parent 2's information.  If you have extreme family circumstances that prohibit one or more of your parents from completing the aid application, you should complete an application to waive that parent's information by completing the Parent 2 waiver application on our forms page. Please note that if Parent 2's information is waived and Parent 1 (the parent on the FAFSA) is remarried, Duke will automatically consider stepparent information instead.