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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition costs for PA students matriculating in Fall 2015 (Graduating Class of 2017) are:

First Year
$38,857 divided into three equal installments.

Second Year
$38,857 divided into three equal installments.

Tuition cost for the current clinical year PA students (Graduating Class of 2016) is:
$38,095 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 $475, as well as a nonrefundable program deposit of $475. Each candidate is required to submit an additional nonrefundable fee of $75 for a criminal background check prior to matriculation and a $100 health screening fee. For those who do matriculate, the program deposit is applied to the cost of tuition.

Estimated yearly expenses for the Master of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program students matriculating in Fall 2015 (Graduating Class of 2017) are as follows:

Tuition, First (Preclinical) year $38,857
Tuition, Second (Clinical) year $38,857
Books, uniforms, and instruments, first year $  3,325
Books, uniforms, and instruments, second year $     500
Technology Fee, First (Preclinical) year $  1,750
Technology Fee, Second (Clinical) year $  1,750
Food, board, transportation and miscellaneous, First Year $22,132
Food, board, transportation and miscellaneous, Second Year $26,156
Health Screen Fee, First (Preclinical) year $     100
Background Check Fee, Second (Clinical) year $       75
First Year Fee (laboratory) $  1,522
Student Health Fee (per year) $  1,018
Student Medical Insurance per year single (based on age) $  2,400

Other fees include Stead Society dues $30 (First Year), Recreation $260/year, Graduate Activity $34/year, Loan Fees $2403/year, PANCE Application Fees $475 (Second Year).

Student fees are nonrefundable after classes begin.

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 ($2,400/year), evidence of other comparable health insurance coverage must be provided. In addition, the Student Health Fee of $1,018/year 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.


If a student withdraws, including involuntary withdrawal for academic reasons, tuition is refunded according to the following schedule:

Before classes begin: Full amount
During first or second week: 80%
During third to fifth week: During sixth week: 60%
After sixth week: 20%
Student fees are nonrefundable after classes begin: none

Voluntary withdrawals are initiated at the request of the student. Working with the program director, a mutual decision is reached with regard to the effective date of the withdrawal and any academic penalty to be assessed. Per letter, the program director will notify the offices of the registrar and financial aid in the School of Medicine. The Office of the Registrar will process the withdrawal and remove the student from any current and/or future enrollments. The Office of Financial Aid may revoke any financial aid that has been disbursed. The student should also contact these offices to ensure that they have fulfilled any responsibilities with regard to this process. The student's permanent academic record will reflect that he/she was enrolled for the term and that he/she withdrew on the specific effective date.

Financial Aid
Financial aid information is provided during the financial aid session of the admission interview. All students seeking financial aid will be required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15th.  PA applicants may complete an application on the FAFSA website.  The FAFSA is typically available after January 1.

Qualified students may be eligible for the following federal education loans:
  • Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (maximum award of $20,500 per academic year)
    GradPlus Loan (up to the cost of attendance per academic year less any other financial assistance received)

*Federal education loans have an aggregate loan limit of $138,500.00 for Graduate and Professional students. Of this amount, no more than $65,500.00 may be in subsidized loans.

Limited scholarship funds through the Physician Assistant 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. Other known sources of funding include:

  • The North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program. Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistant to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program.  Additional information may be located online, www.cfnc.org/FELS.

  • 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