MEM and MF Financial Support
Deciding to pursue a professional graduate degree at Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment is an investment that will pay dividends throughout your career. The Duke brand is recognized worldwide. Each year, a select cohort of Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry graduates join our global network of alums to fill leadership roles in industry, government and the nonprofit sector.
Students in our on-campus MEM and MF professional programs may receive merit-based or need-based scholarships funded by the school. MEM and MF students may also qualify for assistantships and work study as part of their financial aid packages. In general, if the school provides merit-based or need-based aid to an MEM or MF student, the aid is intended to be awarded for four semesters for a regular MEM or MF student. The school reserves the right to review academic progress to ensure that the student is making appropriate progress towards the degree and is in good standing before awarding aid for the second year. School-based assistance will be adjusted for students who matriculate as concurrent degree students or who add a concurrent degree after they matriculate. It is imperative that a student who is a concurrent degree student or is contemplating adding a concurrent degree to speak face-to-face with the financial aid counselor to go over the adjustments that will occur.
We offer more than 100 types of financial aid awards, including:
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: merit-based aid from the school, need-based aid from the school, and federal loans. Some students may seek outside schlarships and grants or private loans. Our Financial Aid Office will be happy to help you review your options and identify which merit- or need-based aid options are right for you.
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 you register for classes. Entering students who plan to use loans for living expenses will need to come prepared to cover relocating expenses until their loans disburse approximately a week after registration. Returning students can anticipate that funds will disburse about 10 days prior to the start 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. If the bursar does not see sufficient anticipated aid they will expect to receive a check from you by the bill deadline. Late payment penalties for non-payment accrue quickly and are significant.