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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition costs for PA students matriculating in Fall 2013 are:

First Year
$37,348 divided into three equal installments.

Second Year
$37,348 divided into three equal installments.

Tuition is charged each term of enrollment for Fall, Spring and Summer terms. There is no tuition difference for in-state and out-of-state residents. Additional first and second year program costs are instruments, books, student fees (including a computer fee), rent, food, student health, health insurance, and personal miscellaneous expenses. Housing costs in Durham are moderate in comparison to the rest of the country. A projected student budget is included in the interview packet and may also be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at financial_aid@mc.duke.edu or 919-684-6649.

* Subject to change. Tuition and Fees. On notification of acceptance, prospective PA students are required to pay a nonrefundable first registration fee of $425, as well as a nonrefundable program deposit of $475. Each candidate is required to submit an additional nonrefundable fee of $75 for a clinical background check. For those who do matriculate, the program deposit is applied to the cost of tuition.

Estimated yearly expenses for the 2013 entering class of the Master of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program are as follows:

Tuition, First (Preclinical) year $37,348
Tuition, Second (Clinical) year $37,348
Books, uniforms, and instruments, first year $ 2,927
Books, uniforms, and instruments, second year $    500
Technology Fee, First (Preclinical) year $ 1,750
Technology Fee, Second (Clinical) year $ 1,750
Food, board, and miscellaneous, First Year $20,616
Food, board, and miscellaneous, Second Year $22,334
First Year Fee (laboratory) $ 1,522
Student Health Fee (per year) $    836
Student Medical Insurance per year single (based on age) $ 2,115

Other fees include Stead Society dues $30, Recreation $174, Graduate Activity $34, Loan Fees $1608 (1st), $1608 (2nd), PANCE Application Fees $475

All students are required to carry adequate health insurance throughout their enrollment in the PA program. If the student does not elect to take the Duke Student Medical Insurance ($2,155 annually), evidence of other comparable health insurance coverage must be provided. In addition, the Student Health Fee ($836 annually) is mandatory for all students. The Student Health Center Website is http://www.studentaffairs.duke.edu/studenthealth.

For students choosing a Global Health elective, additional costs will be incurred by the student for immunizations, travel, housing and educational fees for the host country.

Financial Aid
Financial aid application packets are distributed during the financial aid session of the admission interview. Students are requested to submit all the required information as soon as possible. All financial aid awards are made on the basis of documented financial need. Required documents include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and prior year federal income tax returns. PA applicants may complete an application on the FAFSA website.

Qualified students may be eligible for Stafford Loans up to $20,500 and the GradPlus Loan up to the cost of education. Limited scholarship funds through the PA program are also available. Applicants are also encouraged to request information and application forms from clubs, organizations, foundations and agencies as soon as possible after applying for admission to the program. The Internet and many libraries have information on various sources of funding. Other known sources of funding include:

  • The North Carolina Student Loan Program for Health, Science, and Mathematics provides financial assistance in the form of loans up to $6,500/year for North Carolina residents. These loans may be canceled through approved service in shortage areas, public institutions, or private practice. Applications can be obtained by visiting the NC State Education Assistance Authority web site or writing to NC State Education Assistance Authority PO Box 14223 RTP, NC 27709-4223 Phone 919-549-8614.

  • The U.S. Public Health Service has several programs that offer scholarships, stipends and loan repayment to PA students who commit to varying periods of employment in medically underserved settings. Information on these programs may be obtained by calling 1(800) 221-9393 or visiting the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) web site. One program offered by the U.S. Public Health Service is the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholars Program. In the past 15 years, 54 Duke students have been awarded scholarships to attend the PA Program through the NHSC. We strongly urge PA applicants to consider application to the NHSC program.

  • Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians. A booklet outlining sources of funding specifically for North Carolina Residents. This booklet is available at financial aid offices and local libraries. Or visit the Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians web site.

  • Financial Aid information is also available by writing to the American Academy of Physician Assistants 950 Washington Street Alexandria, VA 22314-1552. Phone 703-836-2272, or visiting the American Academy of Physician Assistants web site.

  • Individual State Information-Grants and Guaranty Agencies

  • Armed Services Scholarship Programs:
    Navy Officer Programs Suite 120, 801 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, 27605-1130. (800) 662-7568
    Army Medical Recruiting 3000 Highwood Blvd., Leatherwood Building , Suite 316, Raleigh, NC 27604-1041. (919) 872-4531.
    Air Force:
    Health Professions Recruiter, 4030 Wake Forest Rd., Suite 205, Raleigh, NC 27609-6262. (919) 850-9724.

  • Employment:Some first year students are employed part-time; however, the rigor of the academic curriculum usually prevents the student from maintaining part-time employment. Students who wish to be employed during their training must comply with the program’s academic schedule and are prohibited from working more than twenty hours per week. Part-time employment must never interfere with class or clinical schedules. Any student unable to maintain adequate academic standing will be asked to terminate his/her employment. Because of the demands of the clinical year, it is difficult or impossible for the second-year student to work.


US Department of Education

The Student Guide

United Negro College Fund

The American Indian College Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

If you have any questions or concerns regarding financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact:

Office of Financial Aid
0383 Seeley G. Mudd  Bld
Box 3067
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
Telephone: 919-684-6649
Fax: 919-684-0251
E-mail address:
WebSite: School of Medicine Financial Aid Office