Undergraduate Applicants

Since admission at Duke is need-blind for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented students, we never consider a student's ability to pay when making an admission decision. Once admitted, Duke pledges to meet 100% of a student’s financial need by providing funding for the cost not covered by the calculated family contribution.

How Does It Work?

The financial support process at Duke begins by determining how much a family can contribute toward the cost of education. Duke reviews each student’s aid application and ultimately determines the amount the student and family would be expected to pay—an amount we call the Expected Family Contribution, or EFC. Any remaining costs are covered by our office in the form of grants, work study, and limited student loans.

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Important Deadlines

Students applying for Early Decision must submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA application by November 15th.

Regular Decision students must submit the CSS Profile and FAFSA application by February 1st.

Want more specifics on what we'll need and how to apply?

Find out what we need and when

Common Questions

Do you have questions about the application process or how your financial support may have been determined?  Visit our Common Questions Page to find out more.

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At Duke, 52% of undergraduate students do not pay the full cost.  To find out more about our charges and what your cost to attend Duke may be, click the link below.

Find out more about costs


Our goal is to provide every admitted student the opportunity to attend. Follow our decision tree to determine what steps to take to complete your financial aid application.

Read More about applying for aid