DEL-MEM Financial Support


> View/Print: Nicholas School of the Environment Financial Aid Manual for MEM, MF Students (2018-19)

Deciding to pursue the Duke Environmental Leadership Master of Environmental Management degree is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. The Duke brand is recognized worldwide. Each year, a select cohort of graduates join our global network of alums to fill, or grow in current, leadership roles in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.

DEL-MEM students qualify for need-based scholarships funded by the school.

There may be ways your employer can support professional development. In addition to sharing ways to start this conversation, the Nicholas School offers several types of financial aid awards, including:

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Service Volunteer Fellowships

Qualified AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, City Year or Teach for America service members with 6 or more months of eligible service are guaranteed a mimimum merit aid package of $5,000-10,000*--depending on total length of service--per academic year for up to two years.

This funding is available to on-campus MEM,  MF and DEL-MEM students. If eligible, the fellowship will be included in the financial aid letter sent to the student after admission. 

*Beginning Fall 2020. Eligible service members entering Fall 2019 will receive a minimum merit aid package of $7,000.

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Military Veterans

Through the Yellow Ribbon Military Veterans Programwe support up to 7 Yellow Ribbon awards at up to $10,000 per year. This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students. Availability of awards depends on the number of students currently receiving this benefit.

Students must have their eligibility verified through the Veterans Education Office at Duke,



We offer a need-based grant program for applicants who demonstrate the greatest financial need, including non-US citizens or permanent residents. This funding is available to on-campus MEM & MF and DEL-MEM students.

The Nicholas School’s need-based grant program is open to F-1 and J-1 visa holders provided they can supply the necessary documentation to support their application.

In evaluating applicants for admission, the Nicholas School maintains a strict policy of selecting candidates without regard to their ability to pay tuition. If the applicant is offered admission, the school will notify the admitted student if they are eligible to receive financial aid and in what form. The Nicholas School works with three primary types of financial aid: situation-specific scholarships and grants from the school or recognized entities, need-based aid from the school, and federal loans. Some students may seek outside scholarships and grants or private loans. Our Financial Aid Office will be happy to help you review your options and identify which options are right for you. 


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Once Notified of Your Financial Aid Package

You are encouraged to take some time to log in to DukeHub, which is the student access to the Duke system, and under Financial Aid check to see that the financial aid you were offered from the Nicholas School has been posted. Please be aware that all awards, including scholarships and loans, may be posted to your account but will not be applied towards your tuition and fees until 10 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

Even though your bill is due August 1st, the Bursar will be able to see if you have accepted your financial aid and they will refrain from applying a late payment penalty provided the aid you have accepted covers your tuition and fees for the semester. You must actively accept loans in order for them to disburse. 

Contact Financial Aid

Nicholas School Financial Aid Office
(919) 613-8071