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Tuition Payments

Full tuition payment or participation in a university payment plan is necessary to complete registration. Tuition payments are generally due three weeks prior to the start of classes. Students who fail to submit their financial aid documents, or who fail to make payment prior to the tuition due date, will incur irreversible late payment penalty fees. You can read more about the Bursar’s office policies by visiting the Bursar WebsiteStudents are responsible for paying any student Bursar account balance that has not been covered by financial aid funds. Payments must be submitted to the Bursar’s Office by its established deadline to avoid late payment penalty fees or possible course registration blocks.

Financial Aid Disbursements

1. the type(s) of aid awarded, and

2. whether certain requirements for receiving the aid have been completed

    Financial Aid Type:

    • Duke Law Institutional Scholarship - Institutional scholarship funds are disbursed directly to your student account. Unless otherwise specified, total scholarship awards are divided evenly over the terms of full-time enrollment at the Law School. Disbursements for each academic year are made during the fall/spring terms
    • Federal Direct Loans - Federal loan funds are applied directly to the student's account once all requirements have been met and the loan funds have been received by the school.
    • Private Loans - Private loan funds are applied directly to the student's account once all requirements have been met and the loan funds have been received by the school.
    • Canadian Loans - loan funds are sent via manual check to the Office of Financial Aid. Loan checks are then sent to Duke's Cashier's office for deposit to student's account.
    • External/Outside Scholarship Awards - Checks are typically made payable to Duke University School of Law and the student. Upon receipt of scholarship check, the Office of Financial Aid makes sure that the aid is included in the student's financial aid package. Any adjustments to the student's aid package are made and student is notified.
    • Veteran Benefits/Yellow Ribbon Program Funds - Contact the Office of the University Registrar to apply for, and continue to receive, veterans educational benefits while enrolled at Duke Law. Information about requirements and disbursement can be found on the Registrar's Veteran's Benefits website.

    Disbursement Requirements

    The following requirements must be completed before financial aid can be disbursed to student accounts: dsf Disbursement of aid begins no earlier than 10 days prior to the beginning of classes, per term.

    • Duke Law Institutional Scholarship - signed scholarship offer letter and signed scholarship contracts must be submitted/maintained in student's financial aid file.
    • Federal Direct Loans
      • You must accept your loan in DukeHub.
      • If you are borrowing federal loans for the first time since beginning at Duke Law, you will also need to visit to complete Entrance Counseling.  You will also complete a Loan Agreement (MPN) for each loan type (i.e. Direct Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS) if this is your first time borrowing that specific loan.
      • You must meet all eligibility requirements outlined in the "Eligibility" section of this handbook
    • Private Loans
      • You must complete the application process and obtain approval with your private lender.
      • You must accept your loan in DukeHub.
    • External/Outside Scholarship Awards - The funds must have been received by Duke and added to your financial aid package.
    • Veteran Benefits/Yellow Ribbon Program Funds - These requirements are listed on the Registrar's Veteran's Benefits website

    Withdrawal and Return of Title IV Aid

    If a student who has received Title IV aid withdraws after classes have begun, the Office of Financial Aid is required to complete a Title IV refund calculation.  This calculation is completed using the federally defined formula and is described here.

    Tuition Insurance

    Duke has arranged with A.W.G. Dewar Inc. to offer the Tuition Refund Plan to our students to minimize the financial portion of losses incurred when a student suffers a serious illness or accident and has to leave Duke before the semester is completed. This insurance program extends and enhances the University's published refund policy. In cases of withdrawal due to an accident, illness or mental health conditions as defined in the coverage, the plan assures up to a 75% refund throughout the term. This can be especially beneficial when a student is forced to withdraw and then return for a later term. 

    We are providing the Dewar Tuition Refund Plan as an option for students. Those who wish to enroll must submit their application form before the first day of class. Applications cannot be accepted after the 1st day of classes.

    You can find more information and/or enroll at the Dewar website.  (Please contact Dewar directly if you have any questions regarding the Tuition Refund Plan.  Their contact information is listed on the linked website.)

    Refunds & Direct Deposit

    Duke Law scholarships and all loan disbursements are divided in half, with half being credited to each semester of tuition and fees. If the semester credit for scholarship and loans exceeds tuition and fees, students will receive a refund from the Bursar. Please note that the fall semester bill may include higher charges than the spring. (For instance, the full charge for the Duke hospital insurance plan is billed in the fall.) This may result in a refund that is smaller in the fall than in the spring semester. You can find additional information regarding student refunds at the Bursar’s website.

    Refunds will be distributed to students beginning the first day of class each term and are issued by direct deposit to your bank account. Please visit the Forms & Requests tab in DukeHub to add or manage your direct deposit information.