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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

All students are required to have health insurance coverage, and students may select their coverage from Duke’s Student Medical Insurance Plan (SMIP) or provide proof of comparable health coverage. Additional health insurance information is available through Student Health.

Parking Fee

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

Recreation Fee

The recreation fee pays for the use of on-campus recreation facilities, including Wilson and Brodie Recreation Centers. For Ph.D. students in years 1-5, access to Duke recreational facilities is covered as part of their standard financial support package. Starting in their sixth year, Ph.D. students will be responsible for paying the rec fee if they want to continue using campus recreation facilities.

Due to pandemic-related safety measures, graduate students will not have physical access to Duke’s recreation facilities during the 2020-2021 academic year, but Duke Rec is offering digital memberships that provide access to all of its virtual programming. The digital membership is $60 per semester and is prorated based on the date of enrollment.

In keeping with The Graduate School’s policy of covering rec fees for Ph.D. students in their guaranteed funding period, Ph.D. students in years 1-5 who purchase a digital membership will receive a reimbursement at the end of the fall and spring semesters for the cost of their membership. This reimbursement will be a direct payment to the student through payroll.

Please see Duke Rec’s FAQs and email if you have questions about the digital membership or Duke Rec access. Financial questions should be sent to

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.