Other Sources of Aid


While the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid considers students for need-based aid only, other sources of funding are available to help with the cost of Duke. Merit scholarships, scholarships from outside organizations, veterans benefits, tuition benefit programs, loans, and other sources of aid can can all serve to make your more education affordable.


Merit Scholarships

Duke University also offers a limited number of merit scholarships. All applicants for admission are automatically considered for any available merit scholarship. Specific applications are not required and are not available, with the exception of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program. While students who apply to Duke may be considered for the Robertson, completing the Robertson Scholars online application is the only way to ensure that the student’s materials will be reviewed by the Robertson selection committee. Our merit scholarship programs do not require that the winner demonstrate need; merit scholarships are based on the student's academic and personal profile.

Currently enrolled students are not eligible for merit scholarship consideration with the exception of the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program which accepts a small number of first-year candidates. The Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows (OUSF) is responsible for the selection of merit scholars. For more information, please visit the Office of Scholars and Fellows.  Scholarship descriptions are available below.


North Carolina Math Scholarship - Admitted first-year students who place in the top ten in the North Carolina Math Contest are eligible for this full-tuition scholarship. One scholarship is awarded each year, with preference given by ranking within the top ten places.

Carolina Honors Scholarships - These scholarships award up to $5,000 to four or five students from North and South Carolina who have demonstrated financial need.

North Carolina Writing Scholarship - The top senior placing in the top ten in the North Carolina Writing Contest is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship per year for eight semesters of undergraduate study.


Veteran Benefits

Duke participates in veteran benefit programs, including Yellow Ribbon and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Please note: For institutional need-based aid purposes, VA benefits work the same way as outside scholarships, reducing loan and work study first and then Duke University Scholarship, if applicable.  The family contribution is not reduced until all need-based aid funds offered by Duke have been replaced by the VA benefit.


Outside Scholarships

Depending on whether you're looking for an outside scholarship or you already have one and want to know how it might impact your bill or need-based aid, the answers below can help.



Tuition Benefits

Some employers, including Duke University and several other institutions of higher education, offer tuition benefit programs for employees and/or their dependents. Students attending Duke University who have been awarded aid through federal or university funding (including need-based, merit, and/or athletic sources) are required to report all tuition benefits received to the Financial Aid Office.  

Unlike outside scholarships, tuition benefits reduce Duke need-based grants first. The Parent and Student Contributions do NOT change with the addition of tuition benefits, though it is possible for the tuition benefit to exceed a student’s demonstrated need. Students who receive need-based, merit, or athletic aid in combination with a tuition benefit may not receive a total of assistance that exceeds the cost of attendance. Duke employees with questions about their tuition benefit eligibility or reporting should contact their Human Resources representative.

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