How to Apply for Financial Aid

Important Dates

Financial aid application available March 1
Program application opens April 3


Our financial aid process includes the following steps: (1) review of your US tax documents, (2) assessment of your expected financial contribution toward the program tuition, and (3) notification of your financial aid award based on available funds and your expected contribution.

If you would like to be considered for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application in addition to your program application. 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. In addition, as long as you are qualified and we have financial aid funds remaining for the year, you will receive an award—however, we do recommend you apply as early as possible to maximize your chance of receiving aid. Unfortunately, we can only offer financial aid to families who file taxes in the United States.

Please note that although acceptance into our programs has nothing to do with financial need, your program application cannot be processed until both the program application and the financial aid application have been received. We follow this process because it enables us to share the amount of financial assistance families will receive at the same time they are notified if their student has been accepted into a TIP program. To provide you with more time, we open the financial aid application approximately three weeks before the program begins accepting applications.

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.

Additionally, 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 2016 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 2016 tax return has not been prepared, send a complete copy of your 2015 tax return and one of the following:

  • your 2016 year-end pay stub, if you are applying before February 1
  • your 2016 W-2 forms, if you are applying after February 1
  • your estimated 2016 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.

Tax credits

Many families wonder if they qualify for the Child and Dependent Care tax credit when their child attends TIP. Unfortunately, the IRS has stated that the cost of sending a child to an overnight camp is not covered, so any residential TIP program is not eligible for this credit.

Questions? Call Duke TIP's financial aid office at (919) 668-9100.

This seven-week program for seventh through eleventh graders takes place during the summer. Students join an online class of twenty-four and are led in high school– or college-level coursework by an expert instructor who oversees discussions, live video meetings, and peer-to-peer interaction.