Duke Divinity School believes that helping you to fund your education in a comprehensive way is part of our ministry. We are committed to making theological education accessible for students of all means and will make every effort to assist students seeking financial assistance to support their education and ministry.

More Ways to Fund Your Education

Most Duke Divinity students finance their education through a variety of sources including personal savings, family contributions, church contributions, denominational support, scholarships, grants, student loans, and part-time employment. In addition to traditional forms of financial aid, financial support at Duke Divinity School includes field education funding, which can result in as much as $27,300 in extra support throughout the course of the M.Div. program.

As you explore ways to fund your Divinity School education, see our estimated expense budget to assist with cost projections.

Work Opportunities

R.A. (Residential Advisor) Positions offer free room plus a stipend. Students should apply in December/January of the year prior to fall entrance. Contact (919) 684-4304 for more information, or visit Resident Life & Housing Services.

Federal Work Study Positions are available in various capacities within the Divinity School, including the library, media center, and copy center.

America Reads/Counts Challenge gives students the opportunity to tutor children in reading and math. For information, contact Community Service Center, Box 90827, Ground Floor, Crowell Building, Durham, NC 27709-0827, (919) 684-4377

GI Education

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Every school at Duke has agreed to participate in the program at varying levels. Duke Divinity School will provide a maximum of five scholarships ranging up to $8,000 per year on a first-come, first-served basis.

All Yellow Ribbon awards are based on Post 9/11 Veterans eligibility requirements established by the Veterans Administration and are not need-based. All applicants for the Yellow Ribbon program must submit VA certifications to Duke’s Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office. Duke’s certifying official will date stamp each certificate of eligibility and forward a copy to the appropriate school at Duke. This date will be used to determine the order in which the awards will be made. All awards by the VA are paid directly to the university on behalf of the student. 

For more details, visit the Office of the University Registrar.

Lending Principles

Duke University has established a set of publicly available principles and policies to govern educational lending practices for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. These principles emphasize that lending practices proceed from a commitment to the best interests of our students, that we support students' right to choose their lenders, and that neither Duke nor its employees accept financial payments, goods, or services of material value from lenders. All employees involved in financial aid and student lending are subject to a rigorous conflict of interest policy. Administrators may serve as unpaid members of lender advisory boards in order to help shape the products and services that will best meet the needs of our students; in such cases, Duke pays all costs associated with that service.

Duke University Statement on Educational Lending (pdf)
Duke Financial Aid: Loan Options