Prospective Students

In evaluating applicants for admission,  Duke maintains a strict policy of selecting candidates without regard to their ability to pay for medical school.  Candidates selected for admission are invited to apply for financial assistance.  US citizenship or permanent residence is required of all students receiving federal and/or institutional aid through the school.  You should complete the application process early to ensure a financial aid award has been made before you need to make a decision about attending Duke University School of Medicine.

The decision to attend a high-cost private medical school should involve the entire family.  For purposes of the schools' need based funds (available for the MD program only) the student is not viewed as financially independent of parents. Individual students (and spouses, if married) and their parents have the primary responsibility for financing the cost of a medical education at Duke.  Parental information will be used to determine grant eligibility each year of enrollment.   Duke looks at both natural parents for purposes of determining Duke-based financial aid for a student with divorced or separated parents.  

 

Eligibility for Federal and Institutional Funding

Students that wish to apply for financial aid as a domestic student must meet the following criteria:

-U.S. citizenship or permanent residency

-Eligible Non citizen

A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swains Island), U.S. permanent resident (who has an I-151 or I-551 or I-551C [Permanent Resident Card]), or individual who has an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) showing one of the following designations:

"Refugee"
"Asylum Granted"
"Cuban-Haitian Entrant (Status Pending)"
"Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
Victims of human trafficking, T-visa (T-2, T-3, or T-4, etc.) holder
"Parolee" (You must be paroled into the United States for at least one year and you must be able to provide evidence from the USCIS that you are in the United States for other than a temporary purpose and that you intend to become a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.)

 

Application Process

Biostatistics Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date: April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application
    Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

    *We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

     

Doctor of Medicine

All need-based scholarships require the student to apply and qualify for need-based aid as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Students that qualify for need-based funds may receive a named scholarship through the school. Named scholarships replace need-based scholarship funds. 

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 1, 2018

  • FAFSA application
    Required for all students applying for aid; School code 002920, Use the IRS data retrieval tool to ensure the fastest processing. Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.
  • CSS Profile 
    Required for students applying for need-based scholarship/grant funding.  School code is 5152. CSS Profile has a link to IDOC, a service where you can upload 2016 parent and student tax returns/W2’s.

 

 

 

Doctor of Medicine-International and Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The School of Medicine will make available funding for a need-based grant program in 2018-2019 for international and DACA-eligible MD students. Individual grant amount is dependent on the student determined need, number of applicants, and amount of funding available.

Parental or sponsor support- based on need analysis, parents and/or sponsors may be expected to contribute to the student’s cost of education. Parental financial analysis will demonstrate the ability to contribute not necessarily the willingness to contribute which is the same criterion used for U. S. students. Please submit in English the local equivalent of a U. S. tax return from the applicant’s home country if applicable. If this does not exist, you should submit a statement from the employer confirming all income. International and DACA students can then choose to borrow from outside sources to cover this expected contribution.

The grant funding is limited to four years.  Students taking extra research years and/or extended fourth years will need to seek funding from private loan sources. 

Due Dates:  April 1, 2018

*Documents should be sent directly to the financial aid office. The documents can be faxed to 919-684-0251 or emailed to finaid-som@dm.duke.edu

Caveats to this proposal:

  1. The School of Medicine cannot guarantee meeting 100% of demonstrated need with Duke funds alone. Students may still need to seek alternative loan programs. Currently we keep a list of recommended lenders (vetted through our process to assure reliability on service, pricing and availability).  The School of medicine Grant portion of the financial aid package is dependent upon the number of international/DACA student financial aid applications received from each class.  Grant that has been awarded to an incoming student that withdraws is returned to the pool of funding and redistributed to eligible applicants.
  2. Typically application materials are ready by mid-January for the following academic year of funding.  Students must apply by the April 1st deadline.
  3. All other financial aid policies regarding cost of attendance, outside scholarships and awards will be the same for international students as for our other students.

For additional information about aid for international students, please see some websites listed below:

Clinical Leadership Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

Clinical Research Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application. Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

Master of Biomedical Sciences

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

MMCi

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

 

 

Ophthalmic Technician Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  June 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

Pathologists' Assistant Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

Physician Assistant Program

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

Physical Therapy

Please complete the required forms listed below if you want to apply for financial assistance.

Due Date:  April 15, 2018

  • FAFSA application  Required for all students applying for federal aid; School code 002920*

*We encourage students to use IRS data retrieval when completing the FAFSA application.  Upon receipt of your SAR (Student Aid Report) review for any messages that may require further action on your part.

 

About the Aid Package

The Doctor of Medicine Aid Package

The financial aid package is based on the expected family contribution, which includes both parents and student resources. This amount is determined by a financial needs assessment, which looks at assets, income, family size and number in college.

The student's financial need is the difference between the cost of education minus the expected family contribution. The student's financial need is met with Duke grant funds and Federal Stafford Loans. The financial aid package could change as available resources change.

Duke School of Medicine Financial Aid Award Statistics

Duke University School of Medicine is committed to meeting the demonstrated financial need of applicants based upon federal and institutional policies and procedures. In a recent academic year, approximately 82% of the total student enrollment received financial assistance from sources other than parents. Grants, scholarships and loans from all sources to medical students totaled over $21.9 million. Over $11.9 million of these funds were from Duke University School of Medicine sources of which over $10.5 million were in scholarships/grants.  Medical School Resources.

Scholarships

  • Duke Merit  $2,797,401

Grants

  • Duke Need Based    $7,718,982
  • MSTP    $1,188,702
  • Other    $1,080,785
  • External  $402,010

Loans

  • Federal Stafford   $7,514,089
  • Federal PLUS  $815,373
  • Other:    $342,370

Total: $21,859,712

 

Types of Financial Assistance for Doctor of Medicine Students

By combining scholarships, grants and loans, students are generally able to finance their medical education. Listed below are the types of aid awarded to meet these costs. Please note that a separate application for Duke scholarships or grants is not necessary.

Scholarships
These awards are generally given based on specific academic or extracurricular merit. While some of our scholarships are based on merit alone, many of our endowed scholarships are based on specific criteria that has been established by the donor to assist in meeting the financial need of the student's cost of education.

We are fortunate to have a number of endowed scholarships such as the Medical School Faculty Wives Scholarship, the Busse Scholarship and the Queen Effat Scholarship. Each of these has a significant purpose and we are grateful to the donors. Any student selected for a named scholarship will be asked to write a letter of appreciation to the donor. Failure to do so may result in loss of the scholarship. For a complete list of our scholarships, click here.

Grants
Grants are sources of funds that require no repayment. These funds are available to students based solely on their financial need. The Duke University School of Medicine awards them to the most needy students based on our packaging policies. Again, need is determined by using the parent and student information provided on the CSS Profile.

Federal Loans
The Federal Stafford Loan Program is awarded based on financial need. Students who wish to be considered for this loan may supply the information requested as an independent student. Unsubsidized Federal Stafford loans require payment of interest or you can elect to have the interest accrue while you are in school. These loans are available from the Department of Education, Title IV funding programs. Duke University will participate in the Federal Direct Student Program beginning in the 2010-2011 academic year. We also have funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Title VII, for specific loans related to students wishing to select Primary Care specialty as a career. Primary Care Loans (PCLs) are generally awarded to third and fourth year students. More information is available from the Office of Financial Aid.

 

 

Merit Awards for Doctor of Medicine Students

The School Of Medicine offers scholarships from the following funds based on the recipient's academic excellence.

For Entering Students

Rauch Family Merit Scholarship: The Rauch Family Merit Scholarship, established in 2013 by the Rauch Family Foundation, are the first all-inclusive scholarships at the School of Medicine. The merit-based scholarships will fund the approved cost of attendance as determined by the Duke Board of Trustees, which includes tuition, fees, transportation, and allowances for living and miscellaneous expenses. The scholarships will be awarded to an incoming first year student who shows outstanding promise for a significant career in medicine. The scholarships continue through graduation as long as the student remains in good standing. Students are selected by the Executive Committee for Admissions during the regular merit scholarship selection.

The Dean's Merit Scholarship:  Dean's Merit Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent incoming medical students. Selection is made by the Vice Dean of Education based on recommendations from the Medical School Admissions Committee. Annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.

The Dean's Tuition Scholarship: Dean's Tuition Scholarships are awarded to academically excellent incoming medical students whose life experiences and background will meaningfully contribute to the diversity of the class. Factors considered may include personal attributes, experiential factors, demographics or other considerations. Selection is made by the Vice Dean of Education based on recommendations from the Medical School Admissions Committee. Annual renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic progress.  Endowments that contribute funding to the Dean's Tuition awards are Dudley Family Academic Scholarship (2009), Richard W. Finner M.D. Scholarship (2011),Leon Levine Scholarship Fund (1984), Mary W. & Foster G. McGaw Scholarship (1986) and Minority Medical Quasi (1988), William Wagner M.D. Scholarship (2003).

Fullerton Medical Scholarships: Duke University School of Medicine is one of six medical schools in North Carolina and South Carolina that participates in the Fullerton Foundation's Medical Scholarship program, established in 1985. The Program's objective is to "identify and reward the student who demonstrates and projects the potential for development into a highly capable professional who is concerned with the total welfare of the society of which he/she is an active participant, as well as being a competent physician. The nominee must have potential for service in the health care field, which can be demonstrated by, but not limited to, leadership in high school, undergraduate school and the community, knowledge of society and the problems and opportunities of the world today, and the individual's awareness of his/her own capabilities and limitations." Each year the schools nominate an incoming student for one of the two $20,000 annual awards. The nominee or family of the nominee must be a resident of North Carolina or South Carolina for the past five years. Final selection is made by the Foundation. The award continues for the remaining three years of medical school based on the student maintaining satisfactory progress. On behalf of the four finalists, the Foundation awards a $1,000 honorary stipend.

Medical Scientist Training Program: The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) awards were made to 12 entering students for the 2010-2011 academic year with a total of 65 students in the program. The MSTP award pays full tuition, fees and stipend for six years of M.D.-Ph.D. enrollment.

 

Need-based Awards for Doctor of Medicine Students

Endowed Need-based Financial Aid

Summary of Student Eligibility Requirements to receive Title IV and/or Title VII financial assistance: Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student in an eligible program
A U. S. citizen or national, or eligible non-citizen
Making satisfactory academic progress
Registered with Selective Service (if required). May be asked to supply documentation
Not in default in a Title IV loan (certification required)
Not owing a repayment on a Title IV grant
Sign Statement of Educational Purpose agreeing to use funds only for expenses related to study at the institution
Not have borrowed in excess of annual or aggregate loan limits on a Title IV loan
Not have had federal benefits suspended or terminated as a result of a drug conviction
Meets financial need, as applicable, and other program-specific eligibility requirements
Grants

Non-Duke Grants and Scholarships
Financially needy students who receive a grant or scholarship from an external source may substitute that award for an equal amount of the need-based loan component of the financial aid package. When these resources are based only on the school's nomination, the grant or scholarship is used as part of the grant component of the need-based financial aid package. This policy helps students reduce the amount of debt to be repaid after graduation.

 

VETERANS

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