Apply for Aid

Let us guide you through.

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

Down arrowStep one

Are you a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or an undocumented student living in the U.S.?

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

Both parents will need to complete a separate CSS Profile by November 15th. 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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by November 15th. Only the custodial parent (or the parent with whom the student lives the most) should complete the FAFSA application.

Note: Undocumented students should skip this step.

Step 3

Submit any additional forms if requested.

Some applicants may be required to submit taxes and/or additional documentation to the College Board. If this is the case, you will receive an email communication from the College Board providing you with instructions on how to submit any additional requirements through their online IDOC service.

If you do not receive a request to submit additional information, the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support has enough information to provide an estimated financial aid award at the time of admission.

Step 4

Review your aid estimate. Your aid letter will include your official family contribution for 2018-19. We will update your aid in the spring once the official 18-19 cost of attendance is announced.

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

Note: Undocumented students should skip this step.

Step 3

Submit any additional forms if requested.

Some applicants may be required to submit taxes and/or additional documentation to the College Board. If this is the case, you will receive an email communication from the College Board providing you with instructions on how to submit any additional requirements through their online IDOC service.

If you do not receive a request to submit additional information, the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support has enough information to provide an estimated financial aid award at the time of admission.

Step 4

Review your aid estimate. Your aid letter will include your official family contribution for 2018-19. We will update your aid in the spring once the official cost of attendance is announced.

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, both parents will need to complete a separate CSS Profile by February 1st. Admitted students with completed financial aid applications received by the deadline will receive financial aid estimates with their Admissions packets by April 1st.

Step 2

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online by February 1st. Only the custodial parent (or the parent with whom the student lives the most) should file the FAFSA.

Undocumented students should skip this step.

Step 3

Submit any additional forms if requested.

Some applicants may be required to submit taxes and/or additional documentation to the College Board. If this is the case, you will receive an email communication from the College Board providing you with instructions on how to submit any additional requirements through their online IDOC service.

If you do not receive a request to submit additional information, the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support has enough information to provide a financial aid award at the time of admission.

Step 4

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.

Undocumented students should skip this step.

Step 3

Submit any additional forms if requested.

Some applicants may be required to submit taxes and/or additional documentation to the College Board. If this is the case, you will receive an email communication from the College Board providing you with instructions on how to submit any additional requirements through their online IDOC service.

If you do not receive a request to submit additional information, the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support has enough information to provide a financial aid award at the time of admission.

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:

  • 2018-19 CSS Profile Application
  • 2016 Tax Returns or Foreign Country Equivalent
  • 2016 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:

  • 2018-19 CSS Profile Application
  • 2016 Tax Returns or Foreign Country Equivalent
  • 2016 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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