Recommended Lenders

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In an effort to make the lender selection process easier for our students and parents, and to ensure that they are choosing reliable and stable lenders, the University publishes a list of “Recommended Private Lenders.”  

In making our selection, we carefully review the loan products of the lenders, their financial stability, customer service, and efficiency by which they process their loans.   You are not required to select a lender from this list, and if you wish to use a different lender, we will process your loan in the same manner without delay.

The University has also established a set of publicly available principles and policies which govern our educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate and professional students

To find out which private loan may be best for you for studying at Duke or studying abroad, we encourage you to use the Elm Select lender comparison tool.  Please choose the option below that best describes your citizenship status for borrowing:

US Citizen Permanent Residents Non-US Citizen with US Cosigner Non-US Citizen 


US Citizen or a Non-US Citizen with US Co-Signer

Loans for undergraduate students in Trinity, Pratt, Infomatic, ABSN and ALHC programs 

Graduate & Professional

Loans for Graduate & Professional students 

Graduate Health Professions

Loans for students enrolled in the School of Medicine, Allied Health, or the Graduate Nursing program.

Refinance & Consolidation 

Loans for student loan borrowers who are interested in consolidating or refinancing existing student loans.


Loans for parents of undergraduate students.

Bar Exam

Loans for Law school graduates who are preparing for the Bar Exam

Medical Residency

Loans for Medical school graduates who are working on their residency requirement.





Non-US Citizen without US Co-Signer

International Students

Loans for Graduate & Professional students enrolled in Fuqua, Public Policy, Law or Graduate Engineering, who are not citizens of the US. Click here.

When choosing a lender there are several things to consider, a few of those include:
        -The amount that can be borrowed
        -Interest rates
        -Origination fees
        -Repayment options

Below are the Lender borrowing limits. 

1 Global Select and Discover Loan programs are available only to Fuqua Students who are not enrolled in the MMS:DKU program.

2 Prodigy lends to non-U.S. citizens in Fuqua, Public Policy, Law and Graduate Engineering programs.  Students enrolled in the MMS:DKU program may only borrow from Prodigy if they are not citizens of China or the U.S.