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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

When deciding to make the investment in a college education, students are urged to give their attention first to the selection of institutions that meet their intellectual and personal needs, and then to the devising of a sound plan for meeting the cost of their education. This process requires an in-depth knowledge of both the university’s financial aid program and the resources of the student’s family. Information describing in detail the various forms of financial aid available at Duke may be obtained from the Karsh Office of Undergraduate Financial Support website at

The figures in this section are projections and are subject to change.

Estimated Expenses



Academic Year, 2023-2024

(two semesters)

Two Summer Terms, 2023 (one semester



Trinity College



Pratt Engineering




Single Room



Double Room



Triple Room



Apartment Shared Bedroom




Dining Plan I (first-year students)



Dining Plan D (returning students)



Books, Course Materials, Supplies, and Equipment



Student Health Fee



Student Activity Fee



Student Services Fee



Recreation Fee



Residential Program Fee



The figures in this table are projections and are subject to change. Certain basic expenditures, such as tuition, fees, housing, and food, are considered in preparing a student’s budget. These necessary expenditures, with a reasonable amount allotted for miscellaneous personal expenses and books, course materials, supplies, equipment, and transportation costs, are shown above. Food projections include a meal plan service fee and NC tax surcharge. There are no meal plans for Summer Session. Students can add points or select a debit account that is either small, medium, or large. For financial aid purposes, the summer cost of food and miscellaneous personal expenses is calculated as a percentage of the academic-year cost based on the number of weeks attended.

Additional expenses may be incurred that will depend to a large extent upon the tastes and habits of the individual. The average first-year undergraduate student, however, can plan on a budget of approximately $87,357 plus transportation costs. Note that for students receiving financial aid who live off-campus, consideration will be given for the cost of an on-campus double room and dining plan D in their calculated cost of attendance. These budgets represent most student living expenses except for parking and loan fees.

Fees and Deposits for Fall and Spring

On the first bill from Duke, students (including transfer students) are required to pay a one-time nonrefundable registration fee of $180, which includes transcript processing.

Part-Time Students

In the regular academic year, students who, with permission, register for no more than 2.5 courses in a semester will be classified as part-time students. Part-time students will be charged tuition at the rate of $7,932; half course, $3,966; quarter course, $1,983. Registration for more than 2.5 courses requires payment of full tuition. Students in nondegree programs who are being considered for admission to degree programs, as designated by the Office of Continuing Studies, pay fees by the course whether the course load is one, two, or three courses.

Auditing one or more courses without charge is allowed for students paying full fees, provided that the consent of the instructor is obtained. Audited courses are counted toward the total credit limit of 6.0 that no student may exceed, and toward the maximum of 2.5 credits for seniors who wish to be part-time in their final semester. With the consent of the appropriate instructor and the director of continuing studies, graduates of Duke, Duke employees, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and qualified members of the local community may audit undergraduate courses for the above payment per course.

Duke Employees

Many employees may be eligible to receive either a Tuition Grant from Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or an Employee Tuition Benefit through Duke Human Resources to enroll in regular university classes, or both, to assist with the cost of tuition or audit fees. The details of these two plans can be found at and

Fees for Courses

Additional fees are charged for certain physical education activities, field trips, and applied music courses. For specific charges, consult the Bursar’s Office. For students receiving need-based financial aid, all fees are paid in full.

A fee of $198 will be charged for Music 101. A fee of $395 will be charged for Music 103 to 108. A fee of $790 will be charged for Music 203 to 208. Fees for these courses for students receiving need-based aid are paid in full.

Fees for Study Abroad

Students who register to study abroad in programs administered by institutions other than Duke University will pay the tuition and fees of the administering institution. There will be a fee of $4,580 per semester, payable to Duke University, to maintain a student’s enrollment at Duke. Students receiving financial aid will receive aid based on revised costs from the administering institution.

Additional Cost of Attendance Components

In addition to the expenses listed above, Duke's additional cost of attendance components for the purposes of financial aid includes the following:

Estimated expenses

Academic year 2023-2024

Miscellaneous personal expenses



$582-$1,317 (contingent on home address)

Tuition and Fees for Summer Session

Tuition for undergraduates is $1,355 for each half-course, $680 for each quarter-course, and $2,705 for a non-science lab course. A course with a lab is charged at the rate of $3,460.

Tuition for graduate master’s students taking an undergraduate course will be charged at the graduate master’s summer tuition rate. A graduate PhD student taking an undergraduate course that will apply toward their graduate degree will be charged at the graduate PhD summer rate. If the course will not be considered a part of the student’s graduate degree program, undergraduate rates apply as described above.

Health Fee and Student Services Fee

All Duke students and all full-time non-Duke students are required to pay a health fee of $162 per term, as well as a student services fee of $140.90 per term for all students living on Duke campus.

Music Fee

A fee of $198 will be charged for Music 101. A fee of $395 will be charged for Music 103 to 108. A fee of $790 will be charged for Music 203 to 208. Students receiving need-based aid for summer will have the fee covered in full.

Auditing Fees

Students carrying less than a full course program may be granted permission by the instructor and the director of summer session to audit one non-laboratory course except a physical education or dance activity course, a studio art course, an applied music course, an independent study course, tutorials, and foreign programs. Regular deadlines apply. Courses may not be changed from credit to audit (or vice versa) after the Drop/Add period. For arts and sciences offerings, the auditing fee is $302 per course. Professional school course audit policies may differ.