FAQ

Some applicants may be asked to submit tax information. If you are required to submit your taxes, you will receive an email from the College Board IDOC service after you complete the CSS Profile. Additionally, your Duke financial aid To-Do list will be updated after your Profile is received to request these additional documents. 

The IDOC service is a secure platform that collects all required financial aid documentation on Duke’s behalf, including  tax returns, W-2s, business returns, and any other supporting documentation we may have requested from you and your family. Once the CSS Profile is complete and submitted, the College Board will email instructions on how to submit the documentation online. Once the requested documents are received by IDOC, electronic copies of your information are sent to Duke for review, and we'll updated your To-Do list to indicate we've received your information.

 

 

It may.  If you are eligible for need-based aid and have a sibling enrolled as a full-time undergraduate at a four-year institution, your parents’ contribution may be less.  We assume your parents will have to split available funds between you and your sibling, so while your sibling is enrolled in college, your aid award may be greater.  If your sibling drops below full-time, graduates, attends a two-year college, or attends graduate school, that sibling will no longer be counted, and your Duke grant aid may be reduced. 

Note that the above information applies to households who qualify for need-based aid with one student in college.  For those who do not receive need-based aid with one student in college, adding a second student does not automatically guarantee a family will qualify for need-based aid.  Aid eligibility is dependent on the family's calculated ability to pay (also referred to as calculated parent contribution) as determined by the FAFSA and CSS Profile. Duke does not offer automatic discounts or tuition reductions based on the number of students enrolled in college.

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.

If you receive need-based aid from Duke, your aid will include work study and possibly a student loan. Any non-Duke scholarship you receive will first replace the loans and work study you were offered. If you receive more in outside scholarships than the total loan and work study you were offered, the additional amount will reduce the need-based Duke grant or scholarship.

The following three examples show how outside scholarships affect your need-based financial aid:

Example 1 Award with no outside scholarships
External Award $0
Work Study $2,200
Student Loan $4,000
Need-based Scholarship $30,000
Total Need-based Aid $36,200

The above is an example of a need-based financial aid award with no outside scholarships.

Example 2 Same award, but with $3,000 in outside scholarships
External Award $3,000
Work Study $2,200
Student Loan $1,000 ($4,000 initial less $3,000 outside scholarship)
Need-based Scholarship $30,000
Total Need-based Aid $36,200

The above is an example of an outside scholarship reducing part of a student's loan and work-study.

 

Example 3 Same award, but with $7,000 in outside scholarships
External Award $7,000
Work Study $0 ($2,200 initial less $2,200 outside scholarship)
Student Loan $0 ($4,000 initial less $4,000 outside scholarship)
Need-based Scholarship $29,000 ($30,000 initial less $1,000 outside scholarship)
Total Need-based Aid $36,200

The above is an example of an outside scholarship reducing the student's loan, work-study, and a portion of the Duke need-based scholarship.

 

To learn more about how to notify Duke you've received a scholarship and where to send your check, please see our information regarding Outside Scholarships.

Applicants are automatically considered for Duke merit scholarships by virtue of their admissions application; however, there are several merit scholarships that require that the recipient demonstrate financial need. To be considered for these scholarships, it is essential that you submit all of your required financial aid documents by the February 1 deadline. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for any available merit scholarship. To learn more about merit scholarships at Duke and other sources of non-need-based aid, please see Other Sources of Aid.

We verify all information we receive using the documentation you submitted at the time of your application.  For this reason, we will make corrections on your behalf, and you should not need to make changes to your Profile or FAFSA application unless you are asked to do so by our office.

If you believe the documentation you've submitted to us contains an error, please contact us directly and allow us to make the changes. 

You can check the status of your application for financial aid by logging into your account in Applicant Access. Once admitted, you can track the progress of your financial aid application via your DukeHub “To-Do” List.  All financial aid application tasks are listed there, and their status is updated daily. 

When tracking the progress of your FAFSA, CSS PROFILE, and any additional materials you may have been asked to submit, please allow 10 business days for your To-Do List to be updated.  These components of the application are sent to Duke from other agencies, and they may take several days to reach us depending on the season.  

When you have completed your FAFSA application, you should receive confirmation when you view your Student Aid Report. 

Some applicants may be asked to submit tax information to the College Board IDOC service. If this is the case, you can confirm that IDOC received your paperwork by logging into your IDOC account on the College Board site, or you can call their office to confirm.