Cost and Financial Assistance

Basic Membership 

Joining Duke TIP costs $50. That’s a nonrefundable, one-time fee regardless of what grade a student is in when they join. Once students join, they get immediate access to exclusive benefits, such as enrichment activities and academic advice. 

Other benefits are available to all Duke TIP students for an additional cost, allowing families to tailor the TIP experience to their student’s specific needs. For example: 

  • Taking the ACT as a 7th, 8th, or 9th grader is $60. 
  • Taking the SAT as a 7th or 8th grader is $57.  
  • Taking the PSAT 8/9 as a 4th, 5th, or 6th grader is $45. 
  • Taking an online eInvestigators course is $295. 
  • Taking an online eStudies course is $995. 

Savings+ Plan

Both new and existing TIP families can choose to enroll in TIP's Savings+ Plan. This optional add-on, which costs $150 annually, offers discounts on the PSAT 8/9, the ACT, the SAT, and educational programs, and also waives all program application fees. When a family enrolls in the plan for $150, they immediately receive $150 in credit that can be used toward Academic Talent Search enrollments, test fees, and program fees. The Savings+ Plan is designed to provide savings to families with multiple TIPsters or students who plan to participate in multiple TIP programs. Learn more about the Savings+ Plan here

Fee Waivers and Financial Assistance

Joining Duke TIP is free for any student whose family satisfies one or more of the following criteria:  

  • qualifies for a free or reduced lunch program, 
  • receives Section 8 housing assistance, 
  • receives TANF assistance, 
  • receives SNAP assistance, or
  • qualifies for an Earned Income Tax Credit.  

In addition to a fee waiver for joining Duke TIP, qualifying students will receive a 50 percent discount on their first PSAT 8/9 test, as well as one free ACT or SAT test. Be sure to check the box on your application indicating your student’s eligibility if they qualify for a fee waiver. 

We believe that all academically talented students should be able to join Duke TIP and participate in our programs. A diverse and inclusive community of learners is a better community for everyone. As a nonprofit organization devoted to bettering gifted education for all, Duke TIP is aware that very real inequities exist in our field. We are deeply committed to ensuring equity in both access and opportunity for all academically talented students, regardless of their family’s economic background.