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Financial Aid

Because Pratt offers professional degrees rather than research degrees, most students pay their tuition costs.


US citizens and eligible noncitizens are able to borrow through the Federal Stafford Loan Program. Applicants for assistance through this program must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which may be completed online at When completing the online form students will be asked for Duke’s Title IV Code; it is E00165.

Maximum eligibility under the Stafford Unsubsidized Loan Program is $20,500 per year with an aggregate limit of $138,500. For further information on the FAFSA and the US Department of Education’s Stafford Loan Program, call (800) 433-3243.

Students awarded Federal loans must make satisfactory academic progress toward their degree and must be enrolled in 9 graduate-level credits per semester.

International applicants are not eligible for federal loans; however, many international students take out loans in their home countries, and some US banks may offer loans to international students for study in the United States. Duke maintains information on lenders for US citizens, permanent residents, and non-US citizens.


The MEng Program has limited financial aid available to highly qualified candidates through academic scholarships with an emphasis on increasing diversity within the program.

The MEM Program has limited financial assistance available through the following scholarships:

  • scholarships for underrepresented students

  • Wilkinson and Garda Scholarships for Outstanding Students

See for more information about scholarships.

DoD SMART Scholarship Program (US Citizens Only)

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. See for more information.

VA Benefits

Duke University offers information for veterans who are applying for VA benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program. See for more information.

On-Campus Work

While enrolled in the program, many students work in a variety of places, such as campus libraries, and various departments within Duke University. Teaching assistantships are available in various departments, and some departments have research assistantships as well. These positions are paid an hourly rate, and most students work between ten and twenty hours per week. Some positions are generally posted and filled just a week or two before classes begin each semester. See for more information.