Cost and Financial Aid

  • Field Studies costs $3,975, plus a nonrefundable $40 application fee.

  • If you are placed, you must submit a nonrefundable enrollment deposit within one week of receiving notification, which is applied to the program fee.

  • Full payment (minus any financial aid award) must be submitted by March 19 or the student may be dropped from the program.
  • Families are responsible for transportation cost to and from the program site.
  • Students who request a course, site, or term change after being placed will be charged a $25 transfer fee. Transfer fees are nonrefundable.

Fees and deposits may be paid by check, credit card, or money order. Payment by check authorizes Duke University to make a onetime electronic fund transfer from your account. These funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the date of receipt. Once the electronic transfer is made, your canceled check will be destroyed. Returned checks will result in a $25 processing charge.

Financial aid

Duke TIP believes that all academically talented students should be able to access the resources they need to reach their highest potential, and that all students benefit when there is a diverse community of learners. That’s why we are committed to providing need-based financial aid for our educational programs.

Depending on the program and funds available, our financial aid awards range from 10 to 90 percent of program fees. Families across a wide range of financial situations are eligible for awards, as long as they file taxes in the United States. Decisions are based on household income and family size, and TIP evaluates each financial aid application individually. Your request for financial assistance has no effect on whether or not you are placed in a program.

To learn more about the financial aid application process, review our How to Apply for Financial Aid section.

Download a Financial Aid Application (PDF)


  • Students who withdraw from the program by March 19 will receive a full refund of the program fees, minus the enrollment deposit, which is nonrefundable.

  • Students who withdraw after the deadline but more than two weeks before the program starts will have 50 percent of their program fees refunded.

  • No refund will be issued for students who withdraw within two weeks of program’s start date.

  • Exceptions, for up to a 50 percent refund, will only be made if:

    • the student is hospitalized during the duration of the program

    • the student requires follow-up care from a recent hospitalization during the duration of the program

    • there is a death in the student’s immediate family (i.e., parent, guardian, or sibling)

  • All other withdrawals, including students who are dismissed from the program, will not receive a refund.

  • In addition, program fees are nontransferable and the application fee is nonrefundable under any circumstance. 

These two-week residential programs for students in ninth through twelfth grade take place at Duke University, New College of Florida, or one of several unique field study locations. Courses take place during the summer and cover a variety of different academic disciplines.