Fall 2019 Applicant

Visit the links below to learn how to apply for DUSON Scholarships and other funding sources:

DUSON Merit Scholarship

Late applications will not be considered. Essays must be submitted by the deadline and prior to being admitted to the program.

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Prospective students applying to enter our ABSN program in Fall 2019 who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. One $40,000 scholarship is awarded toward tuition ($10,000 per semester for four semesters). 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 our 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.

DUSON Need-based Scholarship

Our DUSON Need-based Scholarship provides ABSN students beginning the program in Fall 2019 who demonstrate the greatest financial need with a grant toward tuition expenses. Scholarship awards range from $10,000 - $60,000 total over the four semesters of the program.


  • FAFSA - February 24, 2019

  • CSS Profile - February 24, 2019

  • IDOC/Tax Documents: February 28, 2019

All required applications and tax documents must be submitted by the posted deadline to be considered for need-based scholarship. Review the requirements below. Errors in application submission (i.e. incorrect grade level or school code) delay when we receive the documents and may result in your application not being reviewed.

To apply:

Students born on or after January 1, 1988:

  • Complete the 2019-20 CSS Profile with your/your spouse’s information AND both parents’ information

    • School Code: 2185 Duke U. School of Nursing

    • Student’s 2019-20 Year in School: 5th year (or higher) undergraduate

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

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

    • ​2017 student (and spouse, if applicable) federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s

    • 2017 federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s for both parents

    • College Board sends IDOC information ~24 hours after Profile submission.

Students born before January 1, 1988:

  • Complete the 2019-20 CSS Profile with your/your spouse’s information

    • School Code: 2185 Duke U. School of Nursing

    • Student’s 2019-20 Year in School: 5th year (or higher) undergraduate

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

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

    • ​2017 student (and spouse, if applicable) federal tax returns with all schedules and W-2s

Student Loan Options
Federal Loans

To apply for a federal loan, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. ABSN students must be enrolled at least six credit hours per semester to receive federal student loans.

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
Federal Direct Parent Plus Loan

The Federal Direct PLUS Loan is an option for parents of ABSN students who are classified as "dependent" on the FAFSA application. The Federal Direct PLUS loan offers reasonable, fixed interest rates, generous qualifying credit criteria, and flexible repayment plans. Credit approval is required, and you must submit the FAFSA. Visit this page for more information on how to apply. Vist this page for information on rates and terms.

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.

Visit this page to read our Frequently Asked Questions.


Other Forms of Financial Aid


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Veteran Benefits

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State and Federal Funding

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Non-Duke Funded Scholarships

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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