Financial Aid & Scholarships

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

    • School Code: DUSON School Code 002920

    • Complete income data using 2016 tax information

To apply for need-based scholarships (new students only):
  1. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

  2. Complete the DUSON Graduate Financial Aid Application

Priority Financial Aid Deadlines


New Fall Students

New Spring Students

Continuing Students

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

March 1

July 1

May 1

Nurse Anesthesia DNP

March 1


May 1

Financial Aid Award Timeline

Financial aid awards for newly admitted students will be emailed within two weeks of acceptance and may also be viewed within Applicant Self-Service. Continuing student financial aid awards will be emailed and available on the Duke Hub by the end of June.

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. The School will award three scholarships for new DNP students (one new fall 2018 Post-Master's DNP student, one new fall 2018 Nurse Anesthesia DNP student, and one spring 2019 Post-Master's DNP student). 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. DNP– Fall 2018).

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. 

Application Deadlines: Post-Bachelor's DNP Spring 2019: August 1; Doctor of Nursing Practice (Post-Master's DNP) Spring 2019: August 1. NOTE: BSN-DNP students should apply as a Master's student. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

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.

Loan Options
Federal Loans

To apply for a federal loan, all students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To receive federal student loans for 2018-19, graduate students must be enrolled for at least 3 credit hours per semester during the fall/spring semesters and 2 credit hours during the summer 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
  Types of Loan Graduate Student
Annual Limits Subsidized $0
Unsubsidized $20,500
Total   $20,500
Aggregate Limits Subsidized $65,500 (Incl. Ugrd.)
Unsubsidized $73,000
Total   $138,500
Graduate PLUS Loan

Graduate students are eligible for a graduate PLUS loan to assist with costs beyond what can be covered through the unsubsidized Stafford loan program. Before borrowing the graduate PLUS loan, students should first borrow the maximum amount through the unsubsidized Stafford loan program. The graduate PLUS loan does require credit check approval by the Department of Education to receive the funds.

Nurse Faculty Loan

This loan program provides forgiveness of up to 85% of the loan for those who work as full-time nursing faculty or instructors for a period of time after graduation. This program is for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing Education or a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Please note the following requirements for the program:

  • You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • You must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

  • You must complete a total of 9 credit hours in education coursework from the following courses in order to qualify for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program: N731, N734, N736 and three of the following: N732, N733, N735, N737, N738, N746, N747, N748, N749, N750, and N751.

  • You must be enrolled at least half-time (3 credit hours during the fall/spring semesters; 2 credit hours during the summer semester).

  • You must be employed in a full-time nurse faculty position within 12 months of graduation, and you must notify the Student Loan Office immediately once employed.

The loan covers tuition, fees, and books, minus any other resources toward tuition, up to a maximum of $35,500 per academic year.

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

2018-2019 DUSON Graduate Financial Aid Application
Need-Based Scholarship Conditions (PDF)
DUSON Financial Aid Policies and Procedures
Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information
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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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