Financial Support

Funding for your graduate education is available through the Graduate Liberal Studies program, student loans and other outside support, including employer assistance.  We recommend that you also consult the Graduate School website to research funding avenues that might be open to you.

More than 75% of GLS students receive some form of aid towards their course via one or more of the following options:

GLS Scholarships

  • Scholarships funded by GLS are need-based awards for tuition only for the period of one academic year. Scholarships normally range from 25-60% of tuition.  GLS scholarships are capped at 60%.
  • To be considered for a GLS scholarship, applicants to the program must complete the online scholarship application as part of the admission process. The deadlines for new students are January 31 for fall semester admission and October 15 for spring semester admission. Matriculated students receiving scholarship must renew their applications by May 1st of each year.
  • GLS Scholarships to students who are Duke employees will be awarded on the calendar year, in accordance with the Employee Tuition Assistance Program schedule. Duke employee scholarship applications must be received by November 1st. Click here for the Duke Employee online scholarship application

Employer Assistance 

Many employers provide some level of tuition assistance for higher education.

  • Duke Tuition Assistance Program - Duke employees who have completed two years of service may be eligible for a tuition benefit. Contact the Duke Human Resources Office for more information

Student Loans

Qualified students may apply for federal and private loans to finance part or all of their education.  Consult the Graduate School for further information.

Other Forms of Support for Graduate Students