Click on the links below to learn more about Scholarship and Loan options:
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: June 16, 2019
Prospective students applying to enter the Duke University School of Nursing ABSN program in Spring 2020 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 – Spring 2020).
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.
DUSON Need-based Scholarship
The DUSON Need-Based Scholarship provides ABSN students beginning the program in Spring 2020 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 ABSN program.
FAFSA - June 10, 2019
CSS Profile - June 10, 2019
IDOC/Tax Documents: June 14, 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, may result in your application not being reviewed.
Students born on or after January 1, 1988:
Students born before January 1, 1988:
Student Loan Options
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
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||ABSN - Independent Student
|Academic Year Limits
|Total Undergraduate Program
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. Visit 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.
Other Forms of Financial Aid