Cost and Financial Aid


eInvestigators costs $195, including access to program software and web tools, plus a nonrefundable $10 application fee.


If you are placed in the program, you must pay the full program fee (minus any financial aid award) within one week of your notification or you may be dropped from the program and your student’s spot awarded to another applicant.

Deposit, fee, and payment information

  • Fees may be paid by check, credit card, or money order. Paying 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 These funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the date of receipt.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 is 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.

How to apply for financial aid

Download a Financial Aid Application (PDF)


Our financial aid process includes the following steps:

  1. Reviewing your financial aid application (PDF) and US tax documents

  2. Assessing your expected financial contribution toward the program fee
  3. Notifying you of your financial aid award based on available funds and your expected contribution

Things to know when applying for financial aid

  • We post the financial aid application approximately three weeks before program registration begins.

  • Both your child’s financial aid and program applications must be submitted before we can consider your child for placement.

  • We will only review your financial aid application if you are placed in a program, so financial aid requests do not affect your admissions decision.

  • We recommend you apply as early as possible to maximize your chance of receiving aid.

  • We only offer financial aid to families who file taxes in the United States.

  • Families who send multiple students to TIP programs in a single year are eligible to receive financial aid for each individual student; however, we are not able to provide any additional financial assistance beyond those awards.

  • You must submit a new financial aid application each year, even if you were awarded aid previously, so we can ensure that the amount you qualify for has not changed.

What you need

To complete the financial aid application, you will need your US federal tax returns and income documents, including:

  • a list of all people living in the student’s main household, related or not, and their age and total annual income

  • if applicable, the amount of Social Security; SSI payments; child support payments; unemployment compensation; welfare, TANF, or other public assistance; military assistance; untaxed disability, retirement, etc.

  • current values of cash, checking and savings accounts, stocks, investments, businesses, rental properties, home, etc.

  • a copy of your 2018 federal income tax (Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ), along with these forms and schedules that you submit with your return: Schedules A, C, F, D, E; W-2 forms; form 4562 (forms printed from electronic filings are acceptable)

  • a profit-and-loss statement if you own your own business and have not filed your taxes yet

If your 2018 tax return has not been prepared, send a complete copy of your 2017 tax return and one of the following:

  • your 2018 year-end pay stub, if you are applying before February 1

  • your 2018 W-2 forms, if you are applying after February 1

  • your estimated 2018 profit-and-loss statement if you are self-employed.

If you are not required to file a tax return because your income level falls below the IRS filing threshold, you must still complete the financial aid application. However, you can simply note on it that you are not required to file a federal tax return and submit copies of whatever documentation you have for the income you do receive. For instance, you could submit an annual Social Security award amount letter, SSN-1099, unemployment or disability income award letters, or public assistance qualification notification letters.

Refund policy

Students who withdraw from the program by September 20 will receive a full refund of the program fees. Students who withdraw between that date and the first five days of the program will have 50 percent of their program fees refunded. After the first five days, no refunds will be issued for students who do not participate in the course or who are dismissed from the program. In addition, program fees are nontransferable, and the application fee is nonrefundable.

eInvestigators is a month-long online program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders that takes place each year in the spring, summer, and fall. Using leading-edge instructional technology, participants collaborate with a small group of classmates and an expert Lead Investigator to collect clues about a real-life mystery, analyze evidence, and propose theories.