MEM and MF Financial Support

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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.

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

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:

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Nicholas Scholars

We award up to 15 Nicholas Scholarships, our most prestigious merit award, every year.  This competitive scholarship is awarded to incoming students from diverse backgrounds and experiences who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and academic excellence.

The Nicholas Scholars cohort is limited to on-campus MEM & MF students. Students are selected to be Nicholas Scholars; no application is necessary.

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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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FUNED for Mexican Citizens

Mexican citizens, in partnership with La Fundación Mexicana para la Educación, la Tecnología y la Ciencia (FUNED), are eligible for tuition scholarships. 

FUNED is a private operating foundation focused on education. Their mission is to provide complementary financial aid and scholarships for eligible Mexican students who wish to pursue their master’s degree abroad in top ranked universities, such as the Nicholas School. This opportunity is limited to on-campus MEM and MF students. Those interested must submit their FUNED application no later than 90 days prior to the start of fall semester. Current students are also eligible to apply prior to the start of their second year of study.  More information. 


COLFUTURO for Colombian Citizens

Colombian citizens, in partnership with La Fundación para el Futuro de Colombia (COLFUTURO), are eligible for tuition scholarships. 

COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation whose main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programs abroad, such as the Nicholas School. This opportunity is limited to on-campus MEM and MF students. Those interested must submit their online application according to COLFUTURO's deadlines. Current students are also eligible to apply prior to the start of their second year of study.   More information. 

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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: 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.

Contact Financial Aid

Nicholas School Financial Aid Office
(919) 613-8071