Duke Graduate School
Dear graduate students,
As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives, it has been creating financial stress for many students and families. Therefore, Duke is making the following changes to tuition and fees for Graduate School students for the 2020-2021 academic year. We also want to make you aware of a new health insurance continuation option for students and dependents who are not eligible to stay on the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan in 2020-2021.

Tuition and Fees Changes for 2020-2021

-- Tuition for master’s students will revert to the 2019-2020 academic year rates ($27,840 per semester), rolling back the 3.9% increase that had been scheduled for 2020-2021. 
-- Tuition for Ph.D. students will also revert to the 2019-2020 academic year rates. (Most Ph.D. students' tuition is covered by Duke through the guaranteed funding package for years 1-5, the sixth-year tuition-and-fees scholarship, or the COVID-related tuition-and-fees scholarship for year 7.)
--  A number of student fees will be adjusted, taking into account whether students are in North Carolina, another U.S. state, or another country.
The tables below show the updated tuition and fees for 2020-2021.
Master's Students (per semester, fall/spring)
Master's Students (per term, summer I or II)
Master's Students/PT/Continuing (per unit)
Ph.D. Students (per semester - Yrs 1-3 fall/spring)
Ph.D. Students (per semester - Yrs 4+ fall/spring, and all students summer)
Student Activity Fee (any student location)
Student Services Fee (students in NC)
Student Services Fee (students outside NC)
Student Recreation Fee (fall only) *
Student Recreation Fee (spring only)
TBD by Campus Recreation
Student Health Fee (fall/spring; students in NC)
Student Health Fee (fall/spring; students outside NC but in U.S.)
Student Health Fee (fall/spring; students outside U.S.)
Student Health Fee (summer; any student location)
* – Due to COVID safety measures, graduate students (as well as juniors, seniors, alumni, and families) will not be able to use the rec center during fall 2020. Please contact recmemberships@duke.edu or the Wilson front desk (919-613-7489) if you have questions about access to Duke's rec facilities.
If you have any questions, please contact grad-finaid@duke.edu.

Health Insurance Continuation Option

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has approved a continuation-of-coverage option for the 2020-21 plan year for the Duke Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP). This continuation is available to students and their covered dependents who have been continuously insured under the Duke SMIP for at least six consecutive months and who do not meet the eligibility requirements for the Duke SMIP for the 2020-2021 plan year.
This continuation option offers the same benefits as the current Duke SMIP. The difference is that Blue Cross will handle all aspects of the policy (e.g., enrollment, payments, and claims) and customer service.
Students have until August 31, 2020, to enroll for the continuation (download the enrollment form), and the plan will have an August 1 effective date. Students will not be eligible to enroll after August 30.
Please contact Kelan Beacham (kelan.beacham@duke.edu) with any questions about the health insurance continuation.

Paula D. McClain, Ph.D.
Dean of The Graduate School
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
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