Duke University

Durham, NC

National College Match Scholarship Package

These numbers reflect estimated student expenses for the 2023-2024 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase. Your official financial aid award will be included in a letter directly from Duke.

Annual Cost



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Health Insurance






Federal Work-Study


Student Contribution


Parent Contribution


Student Savings


Student Loan




Policy on Outside Funding

If you receive need-based aid from Duke, your aid will include work-study. Any funding you receive will first replace the work-study you were offered. If you receive more in outside funding than the total work-study you were offered, the additional amount will reduce your student contribution until your full costs are covered by grant assistance.

Policy on Health Insurance

All students are required to maintain adequate medical insurance during their enrollment at Duke University. If you are receiving need-based aid from Duke and don't have access to other insurance, the cost can be covered by financial aid.

Policy on Travel Allowance

Transportation costs are determined according to the parents' state of residence and are included in each student's budget. These allowances represent either two economy-class round-trip airline tickets or a fuel allowance for those whose parents reside in states bordering North Carolina. Transportation amounts for students living abroad are based on one economy-class round-trip ticket per year. Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and utilizing their summer work contribution to cover the up-front costs of travel.

Policy on Student Contribution

In addition to the $2,200 Federal Work-Study requirement, Duke requires students to contribute $2,190 towards their total cost of attendance.

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award

Duke’s need-based financial aid policies require that Duke only offer admission through the Match to high financial need students whose parents qualify to make near zero or zero contribution to college costs. Students who do not have high financial need will be considered for admission to Duke during the Regular Decision program and will still qualify for extremely generous aid calculated to meet full financial need.

Federal regulations require that, in order to be eligible for assistance from any Federal Title IV student aid program (Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct/PLUS Loan, and State Student Incentive Grant Programs) a student must be making satisfactory academic progress.

Duke University's Financial Aid Overview 

Duke is strongly committed to its financial aid program and the principle that a student's financial resources should not be a barrier to enrollment. Duke pledges to meet full demonstrated financial need for every one of their students. For U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented or DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students, Duke's admissions policy is "need-blind," which means that applicants are accepted based on their merits, regardless of their ability to pay for college. If you are admitted to Duke, they want to make it possible for you to be there. Duke's goal is to allow every admitted student to choose them.

Duke views their financial aid program as an investment in students and their futures; that's why they are fully committed to their need-based financial aid program. Over half of undergraduates receive some form of financial assistance.

Duke admits U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented or DACA students without regard to their financial circumstances or aid eligibility, and meets 100% of demonstrated need for these students throughout their undergraduate enrollment. For instructions on how to apply for need-based financial aid, visit the Karsh Financial Support Office website. If family circumstances change, students who did not apply for need-based aid when they applied may apply at any time during their four years at Duke.

Duke seeks a diverse student body and is committed to ensuring that all students can take full advantage of the Duke experience.