Cost and Financial Aid

Duke TIP is deeply committed to serving academically talented students from all economic backgrounds.

Duke TIP believes that economic diversity strengthens our community and provides a richer academic and social experience for all of our families. We are determined to make Duke TIP accessible to families from a wide range of economic backgrounds, including families who need financial assistance with our talent search and educational program costs.

Last year Duke TIP awarded over $4.1 million in fee waivers for talent search registration as well as need-based scholarships for educational programs. More than 17,000 students received awards based on family need.

Our need-based scholarship awards range from 10 to 90 percent of program fees, depending on the program, family eligibility, and available funds. The amount we award each family varies and is based on a variety of factors, including total income of all family members, family size, any extenuating circumstances such as the recent death of a primary wage earner, and other standard financial data.

To be eligible for need-based scholarships for programs, families must

  1. file taxes in the United States, and
  2. submit a financial aid form before or on the day they apply to the program and supply all required documentation.

You will receive a notification of the amount of aid you are eligible to receive with your notification of acceptance into a program, allowing you to make an informed decision about whether or not to accept placement.

In addition, payment plans are available by request to assist families who need a longer timeline to cover the costs of a program. Please contact us at (919) 668-9100 if you have any questions about our financial aid process or to request a payment plan.

“I’m from a tiny town in the middle of rural Appalachia—the top left corner of North Carolina. The chance of me even hearing about Duke TIP was slim to none. I’m one of three qualifying TIPsters at my county-wide high school. The chances of me actually being able to attend the program were even smaller, on the account of not making enough money to pay the tuition. But after attending (thanks to the scholarship I received), there isn’t a thing in the world I would trade for my time there.”

– Macie, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

To join in our commitment to accessibility and inclusion, you can contribute to TIP’s financial aid fund by visiting our Giving section. Donations to Duke TIP are tax deductible and 100 percent of what you give will go toward need-based scholarships for Duke TIP students.