Apply for Aid

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To apply for aid at Duke, first submit an Undergraduate Admissions Application and check the box indicating that you would like to be considered for financial aid.  Then, answer the questions below to learn what information we need from you to process your financial aid request.

Please note: The steps included in the guide below will ensure that you are considered for all available federal and institutional grants and scholarships. If you'd like to be considered for federal loans and aid only (and do not wish to be considered for any grants or scholarships from Duke), you will only need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To begin your FAFSA, click here

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Are you a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen for financial aid purposes?

Start » U.S. Citizen

Are you applying as an early decision applicant or a regular decision applicant?

Start » U.S. Citizen » Early Decision

Are your parents separated or divorced?

Start » U.S. Citizen » Early Decision » Separated or Divorced Parents

If your parents are divorced or separated, both parents need to submit financial information. We will calculate a separate contribution for each parent and add them together to determine an Expected Family Contribution. If one or both of your parents are remarried, we will remove consideration of income earned by your stepparent.

Step 1

Submit the CSS Profile by November 15th. The College Board will email you information which must be forwarded to your non-custodial parent so that s/he can complete the CSS Non-custodial Profile by the November 15th priority deadline. Admitted students with completed financial aid applications received by the deadline will receive financial aid estimates with their Admissions packets in December. Completed applications received after November 15th but before November 30th may receive an estimate in January.

 

Step 2

Submit 2015 tax forms and W2s for your custodial parent to the College Board IDOC service. You will receive an email from the College Board with instructions on how to submit these taxes electronically.

Step 3

Submit 2015 noncustodial tax forms and W2s directly to the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support.

Forms should be sent to:
The Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
2127 Campus Drive Annex
Box 90397
Durham, NC 27708
Fax: 919-660-9811
Email: finaid@duke.edu

Step 4

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by November 15th.

Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure the fastest processing.
For a video tutorial on how to use the tool, click here.

Step 5

Review your aid estimate. Your aid letter will include your official family contribution for 2017-18; however, since the cost of attendance for 2017-18 will not yet have been determined, your aid letter will be updated once the official cost has been approved by the board of trustees. If you have been offered need-based aid from Duke, we’ll increase your aid to cover any increases in cost, so your family contribution will not change from the original aid estimate received in December. Your official aid letter will be available in late spring, and we will email you instructions on how to accept your loan and work study on ACES at that time.

Start » U.S. Citizen » Early Decision » Parents Not Separated or Divorced
Step 1

Submit the CSS Profile online by the November 15th priority deadline to receive your aid estimate with your Admission letter and information packet. Completed applications received after November 15th but before November 30th may receive an estimate in January.

Step 2

Submit 2015 tax forms and W2s to the College Board IDOC service. You will receive an email from the College Board with instructions on how to submit these taxes electronically after you complete the CSS Profile.

Step 3

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by November 15th.

Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure the fastest processing.
For a video tutorial on how to use the tool, click here.

Step 4

Review your aid estimate. Your aid letter will include your official family contribution for 2017-18; however, since the cost of attendance for 2017-18 will not yet have been determined, your aid letter will be updated once the official cost has been approved by the board of trustees. If you have been offered need-based aid from Duke, we’ll increase your aid to cover any increases in cost, so your family contribution will not change from the original aid estimate received in December. Your official aid letter will be available in late spring, and we will email you instructions on how to accept your loan and work study on ACES at that time.

Start » U.S. Citizen » Regular Decision

Are your parents separated or divorced?

Start » U.S. Citizen » Regular Decision » Separated or Divorced Parents

If your parents are divorced or separated, both parents need to submit financial information.  We will calculate a separate contribution for each parent and add them together to determine an Expected Family Contribution. If one or both of your parents are remarried, we will remove consideration of income earned by your stepparent.

Step 1

To be considered for institutional aid, submit the CSS Profile by February 1st. The College Board will email you information which must be forwarded to your non-custodial parent so that s/he can complete the CSS Non-custodial Profile by the February 1st priority deadline. Admitted students with completed financial aid applications received by the deadline will receive financial aid awards with their Admissions packets by April 1st.

Step 2

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by February 1st.

Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure the fastest processing.
For a video tutorial on how to use the tool, click here.

Step 3

You will need to submit your 2015 tax forms and W2s for you and your custodial parent to the College Board’s IDOC service. These forms may be uploaded online (preferred method), or you may mail them to the address provided on the College Board IDOC site. All forms are due to IDOC by February 1st.

Step 4

By February 1st, submit the 2015 tax forms and W2s for your non-custodial parent directly to:
The Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid
2127 Campus Drive Annex
Box 90397
Durham, NC 27708
Fax: 919-660-9811
Email: finaid@duke.edu

If you are admitted and all documentation is complete by the deadline, your financial aid award will be sent with your Admission packet by April 1st.

Step 5

Review your aid award. Once you decide to enroll at Duke, you will be emailed instructions in June on how to complete the steps to receive your funding.

Start » U.S. Citizen » Regular Decision » Parents Not Separated or Divorced
Step 1

To be considered for institutional aid, submit the CSS Profile online by the February 1st.

Step 2

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by February 1st.

Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure the fastest processing.
For a video tutorial on how to use the tool, click here.

Step 3

Submit 2015 tax forms and W2s for you and your parent(s) to the College Board’s IDOC service . You may upload these documents to the IDOC service online (preferred method), or you may mail them to the address provided on the College Board IDOC site. All forms are due to IDOC by February 1st. If you are admitted and all documentation is complete by the priority deadline, your financial aid notification will be sent to you with your Admission packet by April 1st.

Step 4

Review your aid award. Once you decide to enroll at Duke you will receive instructions in June on how to complete the steps to receive your funding.

Start » International Student

Are you applying as an early decision applicant or a regular decision applicant?

Start » International Student » Early Decision
Step 1

Ensure your application for undergraduate admission indicates a “yes” in the financial aid interest box. If you did not initially check this box, you must do so by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your designation. International applicants who indicate interest in financial aid are considered in a separate admission pool, and those admitted with "no financial aid interest" are ineligible to apply for financial aid for any year of undergraduate study.

Step 2

Submit your application, documentation, and the following by November 15th, and ensure all documents are translated into English and U.S. Dollars:

  • 2017-18 CSS Profile Application
  • 2015 Tax Returns or Foreign Country Equivalent
  • 2015 W2s or earning statements for the parent and student

Documents should be sent to:
Fax: 919-660-9811
Email: finaid@duke.edu

Duke University issues four-year aid awards for international applicants. Once your aid award is complete, it will be automatically renewed for your subsequent years at Duke. You will be required to attend a financial aid session upon your arrival to Duke in order for your aid to be applied. To learn more about international student aid, the application process, and details regarding this mandatory session, please contact us.

Start » International Student » Regular Decision
Step 1

Ensure your application for undergraduate admission indicates a “yes” in the financial aid interest box. If you did not initially check this box, you must do so by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your designation. International applicants who indicate interest in financial aid are considered in a separate admission pool, and those admitted with "no financial aid interest" are ineligible to apply for financial aid for any year of undergraduate study.

Step 2

Submit your application, documentation, and the following by February 1st and ensure all documents are translated into English and U.S. Dollars:

  • 2017-18 CSS Profile Application
  • 2015 Tax Returns or Foreign Country Equivalent
  • 2015 W2s or earning statements for the parent and student

Documents should be sent to:
Fax: 919-660-9811
Email: finaid@duke.edu

Duke University issues four-year aid awards for international applicants. Once your aid award is complete, it will be automatically renewed for your subsequent years at Duke. You will be required to attend a financial aid session upon your arrival to Duke in order for your aid to be applied. To learn more about international student aid, the application process, and details regarding this mandatory session, please contact us.

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