Cost of Attendance 2012-2013

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) includes both education and living expenses based on nine months of off-campus housing in the Durham area. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year and are not fixed until approved by the University Board of Trustees, usually in May. The COA will be used to determine total federal financial aid eligibility.

  First Year
Second Year
Dual Degree
Student **
Educational Expenses      
Tuition $37,900 $37,900 $18,950
Student Health Fee 600 600 600
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP)* 2,115 2,115 2,115
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC) 33 33 33
MPP Student Activity Fee 100 100 100
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee 128 128 128
Books and Supplies 1,240 1,240 1,240
Transcript Fee (One time fee-1st year) 40 0 0
Total Educational Expenses $42,156 $42,116 $23,166
Living and Additional Expenses      
Rent/Housing (includes utilities) 7,506 7,506 7,506
Food 4,410 4,410 4,410
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses 3,294 3,294 3,294
Transportation 1,584 1,584 1,584
Total Living Expenses $16,794 $16,794 $16,794
Total Cost of Attendance for one academic year $58,950 $58,910 $39,960

Annual tuition and fees are divided evenly between the fall and spring terms. The MPP Student Activity Fee is charged each semester the student is enrolled at Duke.

*The Student Medical Insurance Plan is required for all MPPs and is charged during the fall term. Students may waive out of this plan if they can present proof of alternative coverage. International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the student medical insurance plan. The cost of the insurance plan depends on the student's age. The amount in the table reflects the rate for an average MPP student between age 24 and 34). Please contact our Financial Aid Office if your age is different from the amount posted above and you would like your COA adjusted for aid purposes. The actual cost of the Student Medical Insurance Plan is established before the fall term begins. The University Bursar's Office provides additional information regarding student medical insurance with fall tuition statements.

**Dual Degree students pay three semesters of Sanford tuition. Students completing a dual degree with another Duke program will pay a blended tuition rate in all years of study, reflecting the three semesters of Sanford tuition. UNC dual degree students will be charged one final semester of tuition in their last year of study, typically this charge is divided equally between the fall and spring terms.

Additional Considerations that may raise the Cost of Attendance for Aid Purposes

  • One-Time Computer Increase—Students must submit an invoice showing the price of the computer in order to receive an increase up to $2,500.
  • Study Abroad Expenses (Hertie Exchange Program)—Students can request an increase in transportation costs and living expenses. Copies of round trip airfare receipt and dorm/rental agreement must be made available to the financial aid office prior to the increase being made.
  • Loan fees—An average loan fee of $940 will be included in the student budget. Students may request an increase if their fees are greater than this amount.
  • Dependant Increase—For actual childcare expenses up to $5,000. Documentation of the expense (cancelled check, bill, statement) must be provided to the aid office.

Additional Costs

  • Continuation—Students who do not complete the degree requirements in the approved time, are charged $500 for each additional semester required to complete the MPP degree. Prescribed time to complete the MPP degree is:
    • Two academic years:  Two-year MPP students
    • Three academic years:  MPP/MBA or MPP/MEM students
    • Four academic years:  MPP/JD students
    • Five academic years:  Five academic years: MPP/MD students