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Explanation of Fees

See the Cost to Attend page for the current fee amounts.

Activity Fee

All students will be charged a per-semester student activity fee by the Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) to support campus events and student government. See GPSC for more information.

Audit Fee

Degree-seeking graduate students who are registered full-time during the fall and spring may audit courses without charge. Other students may register to audit through Continuing Studies for a fee. All students are assessed charges for summer audits.

Graduate Student Service Fee

This mandatory fee is charged in the fall and spring semesters to graduate and professional school students and supports co-curricular services such as university career services and cultural programming.

Health Fee

All full-time students and part-time degree-seeking candidates are assessed a fee each fall and spring semester and summer term for the use of Student Health Services. The health fee is separate from comprehensive health insurance and does not provide for major medical coverage.

Health Insurance

Coverage is required. Students may select coverage from Duke’s Student Medical Insurance Plan or provide proof of comparable health coverage. Students who choose SMIP will be charged in the fall semester based on a rate that is tiered by age. Additional health insurance information is available through the SMIP provider, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. For additional information, contact Student Health.

Parking Fee

Students should contact Duke Parking and Transportation for information about parking availability and regulations.

Recreation Fee

All students will be assessed a per-semester charge for the use of on-campus recreation facilities, including Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers.

For Ph.D. students, the recreation fee is mandatory during their first three years, and The Graduate School pays it during that time. Starting in the fourth year, the fee becomes optional, and Ph.D. students will be responsible for paying it if they want to continue using campus recreation facilities.

Transcript Fee

All entering students will be charged a one-time fee in the fall semester, entitling them to an unlimited number of Duke transcripts.