Financial Aid & Scholarships

How to Apply for Financial Aid
Requirements to apply for federal student loans:
  1. Complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 

    • School Code: 002920

    • Degree/Certificate: 2nd Bachelor’s Degree

    • Current Grade Level: 5th year undergraduate

    • Complete income data using 2016 tax information 

    • Parent information may be required based on criteria outlined by the Department of Education

To apply for need-based scholarships (new students ONLY):
  1. Complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the above instructions.

  2. Complete the 2018-19 CSS Profile

    • School Code: 2185 Duke U. School of Nursing

    • Year in School for 2018-19: 5th year undergraduate

    • There is a $25 fee to submit the CSS Profile, and fee waivers are not available. 

  3. Submit the required tax documents to College Board's IDOC Service

    • ​2016 student (and spouse, if applicable) federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s

    • If born on or after January 1, 1988: 2016 parent federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s

  4. If parent information is required and your parents are divorced/separated/never married, a CSS Profile must be submitted for each parent, and 2016 federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s must be submitted from both parents.

All required materials must be submitted by the priority deadline below to guarantee need-based scholarship consideration.

Priority Financial Aid Deadlines
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) February 15 June 14 May 1
CSS Profile February 15 June 14 n/a
College Board IDOC/Tax Documents February 22 June 17 n/a
Financial Aid Award Timeline

If all required documents are received by the priority deadline, newly admitted students will receive a financial aid award by email within two weeks of acceptance. The financial aid award may also be viewed within Applicant Self-Service.

Returning students will receive a financial aid award by the end of June. The financial aid award may also be viewed within the Duke Hub.

DUSON Scholarships
Merit Scholarships

Prospective students applying to enter the Duke University School of Nursing for the first time in a degree-seeking program who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships. Scholarships will cover approximately 50% of required tuition, with specific award information communicated to recipients upon selection. Students must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States to be eligible for consideration.

The purpose of this scholarship program is to provide tuition assistance to outstanding individuals who demonstrate academic achievement, creativity and innovation, exceptional communication skills, and the potential for significant leadership in their professional endeavors. In a narrative (500 words or less, 12 point font, double-spaced), please describe how you meet these criteria and have had a significant and beneficial effect on others. Email your scholarship essay to the DUSON Financial Aid Office. Please include the degree program to which you are applying and the semester you will begin the program (i.e. ABSN – Fall 2019).

Students who receive a Duke University School of Nursing Merit Scholarship are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout their program of study and, in collaboration with their Program Director, to contribute to the School in substantive ways. 

Need-Based Scholarships For Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) Students

The DUSON Need-Based Scholarship provides ABSN students beginning the program in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 who demonstrate the greatest financial need with a grant toward tuition expenses. All required documents must be received by the priority deadline listed to guarantee consideration for need-based scholarship funding. 

Duke University Scholars Program

The Duke University Scholars Program provides 100% tuition funding and is awarded to a limited number of students selected through a competitive process. All DUSON students are considered through the admissions application. One University Scholar from the School of Nursing is selected each summer from among the new ABSN, MSN, and DNP students beginning the prior spring or upcoming fall semester.

Cullman Foundation Scholarship

The Cullman Foundation Scholarship provides funding to current students who participate in an eligible global clinical immersion experience. The Hugh & Nan Cullman Nursing Scholarship fund was established in 2009 to support scholarships for nursing students participating in DUSON-sponsored global health and clinical immersion experiences with preference given to students studying in the regions of the Caribbean and Central America.

For the current academic year, ABSN students who participate in a DUSON-sponsored global clinical immersion experience in the Caribbean and Central America will receive $600 scholarships. ABSN students who participate in a DUSON-sponsored global clinical immersion experience in Asia or Africa will receive $300 scholarships.

There is no application for this scholarship. Once students are accepted into the DUSON-sponsored global clinical immersion experience, the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) will provide the student information to the Financial Aid office. The Cullman scholarship will post to the student’s Bursar account in the semester of the global trip. Please note: If the student does not complete the global clinical immersion experience, the scholarship will be cancelled.

Loan Options
Federal Loans

To apply for a federal loan, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). ABSN students must be enrolled at least 6 credit hours per semester. Federal policy does not allow disbursement of a loan during a semester in which a student is enrolled for fewer than the required credit hours.

Federal Direct Student Loan
    ABSN - Dependent Student ABSN - Independent Student
Academic Year Limits Subsidized $5,500 $5,500
Unsubsidized $2,000 $7,000
Total   $7,500 $12,500
Total Undergraduate Program Subsidized $23,000 $23,000
Unsubsidized $8,000 $34,500
Total   $31,000 $57,500
Private Education Loans

When all federal loan options have been exhausted, or when a student is enrolled less than half-time and therefore not eligible for federal loan funding, private education loans may be utilized. Private loans are loans borrowed from a source other than Duke or the federal government to help finance education expenses. We strongly encourage you to use all available federal loan programs before using private loans.

A student can borrow an education loan from any financial institution of his/her choosing. Duke also offers a Lender List to assist students when applying for a private loan.

Other Forms of Financial Aid
Financial Aid Forms and Information

Embracing Diversity For An Engaged Community

Embracing diversity is a crucial component for engaging with students, faculty, and the world. We think of it as diversity with a global perspective. Creating a learning climate where creativity, robust yet respectful debate, and a genuine respect for others can flourish. Fostering international research collaborations, developing global health initiatives, and coordinating access to health care for under-served populations. Educating next-generation nurses for leadership and service in the global community.

Diversity with a global perspective assures a warm welcome—not mere tolerance—for differences in national origin, race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.

We provide a safe haven where diversity can spawn intellectual engagement and collaborative partnerships.

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