Tuition & Refunds

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.

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.