The 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.

Cost 2022-2023

Educational Expenses First Year
 Second Year
Tuition $51,273 $51,273
Student Health Fee 899 899
Student Medical Insurance Program (SMIP) 3,375 3,375
Graduate Student Activity Fee (GPSC) 38 38
MPP Student Activity Fee 100 100
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee 342 342
Graduate Student Services Fee 22 22
Transcript Fee (One time fee in 1st year) 120 0
Total $56,171 $56,051
Educational Supplies    
Books & Supplies 668 668
Total $668 $668
Student Living Expenses    
Board (Food) 3,555 3,555
Housing & Utilities 10,440 10,440
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses 3,852 3,852
Transportation 1,782 1,782
Phone 675 675
Total $20,304 $20,304
Loan Fees    
Loan Fees 3,252 3,252
Total $3,252 $3,252
Total Cost of Attendance $80,397 $80,277


Annual Tuition and Fees

Annual tuition and the majority of fees are divided evenly between the fall and spring terms. The total Student Health Insurance Program (SMIP) is only charged in the Fall unless it is waived through Student Health.  To see waiver criteria or instructions to complete a waiver please visit

The living expenses listed above are the results of a Duke Financial Aid Office Survey of all Duke graduate students. MPP students were surveyed separately and the results of that survey is posted on the Forms and Resources Page of the Financial Section on our website. 

The Student Medical Insurance Plan 

This 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 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 Tuition

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. 

Federal Loan Origination Fees

Federal Loan Origination Fees are automatically added to the budget assuming the student is borrowing the Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loan. If a private/alternative loan is borrowed these fees will have to be reduced or removed.

Additional Considerations

These additional considerations 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.
  • Dependent Increase—For actual childcare expenses up to $5,000. Documentation of the expense (canceled check, bill, statement) must be provided to the aid office.

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