Program Cost and Financial Aid

The 2020 program cost for the spring term of eInvestigators is $195. However, the out-of-pocket program cost for individual families may range from $95 to $195, depending on eligibility for financial aid.

For the 2020 summer term, the program cost is $215, with the out-of-pocket program cost for individual families ranging from $115 to $215, depending on eligibility for financial aid. The slightly higher cost for summer reflects the fact that our basic program costs will have increased by then.

Payment plans are offered and financial aid may be available to those who qualify and apply while funding is available.


Full payment due Within one week of receiving placement notification
Cancellation deadline (for full refund)

Summer Term 1: April 23, 2020

Summer Term 2: June 11, 2020

Fee and payment information

  • There is a nonrefundable $10 application fee.
  • Fees 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 These funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the date of receipt.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.

Payment plans

Duke TIP allows families to establish a payment plan for the program fee. Individuals interested must contact Duke TIP at to discuss payment plan options. Payment plans will vary based on the family’s needs, total balance due, date of program, and date plan is established. 

Refund policy

  • Students who withdraw from the program by the cancellation deadline listed in the table above will receive a full refund of the program fees paid.

  • Students who withdraw after the deadline, but within five days after the program starts, will have 50 percent of their program fees refunded.

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

  • Exceptions may 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, or

    • 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.

  • 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.