College-bound students across the Midlands and the state will have an opportunity to receive a full ride to Duke University as the North Carolina-based institution is expanding aid to include students from South Carolina.
Beginning in the fall 2023 semester, Duke University will provide full tuition grants for undergraduate students admitted to Duke from North Carolina and South Carolina whose family incomes are $150,000 or less.
For Duke students who are residents of the Carolinas with family incomes of $65,000 or less, Duke will provide full tuition grants, plus financial assistance for housing, meals, and some course materials or other campus expenses, without the need for student loans.
“This additional financial support for undergraduates reflects Duke’s commitment to our students from the Carolinas,” President Vincent Price said. “By providing even more equitable access to a Duke education and ensuring students have the resources they need to truly thrive while here at Duke, we will also make our campus community stronger.”
All current undergraduates from the Carolinas who qualify will be eligible for additional assistance starting in the fall 2023 semester. Qualifying first-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from the Carolinas will receive financial aid statements by July 1 that reflect this new commitment. About 340 students are expected to benefit in the next academic year.
“We want to make it easier for families to choose Duke,” said Gary Bennett, dean of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, which admits about 80 percent of Duke’s undergraduate students. “Attending college can expand a family’s opportunities for generations, and we aim to make the Duke experience as widely accessible as we can.”
Duke students from military families who meet the income requirements and whose legal residence is in the Carolinas will also qualify, even if they are stationed elsewhere.
This expansion of financial support will be funded through university resources and is expected to increase grant assistance to North and South Carolina students by about $2 million for the 2023-24 academic year. Duke expects to enroll more eligible students from the Carolinas over the next five years and anticipates investing an additional $6 million to $7 million annually to provide the increased assistance. In addition, the university’s merit scholarship offerings include two programs specifically for students from the Carolinas, the Trinity Scholarships and the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Scholars program.
More details about the program and eligibility requirements can be found at financialaid.duke.edu.