Cost and Financial Aid


Summer Studies costs $4,495, plus a nonrefundable $30 application fee.


8th–10th Grade Date
7th Grade Date
Enrollment deposit due

Within one week of receiving placement notification

Full payment due/cancellation deadline Placed before February 18: March 6
Placed February 19–March 20: April 3
Placed after March 20: 2 weeks after placement
Placed before April 8: April 22
Placed April 9–April 22: May 6
Placed after April 22: 2 weeks after placement
Parent Advice

The financial investment is substantial, and we thought we were crazy spending that kind of money. I’ll tell you the experience is worth every single penny. We saw our child grow exponentially in her field, and learn how to manage herself in a safe, supportive environment. Best practice for college ever—and the memories they will have of this amazing program will positively shape them for years into their future. Summer Studies has been an inspiration and a source of friends and autonomy she was not getting anywhere else. It’s a passionate program that is rigorous, and yet the most fun summer they could have! –Mylene M., TIP Parent, Texas

Student Video

Deposit, fee, and payment information

  • The enrollment deposit is nonrefundable, but it is applied to the program fee.
  • 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 per transfer. 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 These funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the date of receipt.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

Unfortunately, we have exhausted all 2019 Summer Studies financial aid funds. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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. To contribute to TIP's financial aid fund, please visit our Giving section.

Refund Policy

  • Students who withdraw from the program by the cancellation deadlines listed in the table above will receive a full refund of the program fees, minus the nonrefundable enrollment deposit.

  • 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, 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 under any circumstance. 

Student Video

Summer Studies is a three-week residential program for high-achieving students in grades seven through ten. Taking place at thirteen college campuses across the country over two different summer sessions, the programs provide the social and intellectual stimulus that gifted students need.

New to Summer Studies? Look for this banner and select it for advice from other parents on how to make the most of your child's Duke TIP experience:

Parent Advice

Throughout this section of our website, you can access advice from actual Duke TIP parents by clicking on the blue banner above. Their advice will then appear in a box of text like this one. If you would like to talk to a TIP parent directly, to hear what they have to say about the Summer Studies experience before you decide to apply, you are welcome to take advantage of our Parent Ambassador Program. Simply submit a request using this form and you will be contacted by a parent whose child attended the program last year.