Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

Costs and Financial Aid

As an MPP/MBA student, you pay a blended tuition rate for the joint program. It is slightly higher than the Sanford School tuition and lower than Fuqua's tuition. You pay the special combined tuition every semester regardless of where courses are taken.

If you apply to and enroll in both programs before starting either one, you will pay the blended tuition rate from the outset. If you start at one school before applying to add the second degree, you will have a one-time tuition adjustment applied in your first semester of the joint degree program.

Fuqua Financial Aid and Merit Scholarships

The Daytime MBA program provides financial aid in the form of merit-based scholarships and through various student loan programs. Merit scholarship recipients are selected by the Admissions Merit Scholarship Committee. The selection criteria include:

  • Prior academic achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities
  • Level of community involvement
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Professional accomplishments

Merit-based scholarships are awarded for the two-year duration of the MBA program and range from partial to full tuition so you can plan for the entire cost of your education. There is no funding for new awards in the second year.

Every admitted applicant is considered for a merit scholarship.  The awards are made independent of your eligibility for loans and work-study employment. If selected to be a scholarship recipient, you will receive notification of the award within two weeks after admission.

Fuqua has a variety of student loan programs that are available to both domestic and international students. You are eligible to apply for a combination of federal and alternative student loans to meet your cost of tuition, fees, books, and related living expenses.

Domestic student financial aid for your joint degree program is initially processed at the school where you begin your course of study. For example, if your first year is at the Sanford School, they will process your financial aid for the first year of the joint degree program. Fuqua will then process your aid for the second year and Sanford will process aid for the last year of study.

International joint degree students who wish to borrow through the Coastal Federal Loan Program will be able to borrow only the Fuqua percentage of the blended tuition and living expenses. 

Each school makes scholarship decisions independently, and any scholarships awarded by Fuqua will be given in the 2nd and 3rd years reducing any borrowing eligibility.

Sanford School Financial Aid and Scholarships

Joint degree students receive tuition fellowships during their first year of MPP academic study (generally 30 credits) and U.S. citizens are eligible for Federal Student loans based on financial need for the remaining nine credits taken in subsequent semesters beyond the first academic year of study. Learn more about the Sanford School's financial aid programs and scholarships.