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Duke Degrees Get More Pricey

Posted February 29, 2008

 Duke University

— The Duke University Board of Trustees approved a 4.8 percent increase in total costs for the 2008-2009 school year. The plan calls for a 5 percent tuition increase for undergraduate students.

The total cost to attend Duke this fall, including room and board, will be $47,985, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2007-08. The trustees also approved tuition hikes for Duke’s graduate and professional schools.

Tuition rates for 2008-09 for the graduate and professional schools are:

Divinity School -- $16,570, up 4.5 percent over the current year.

Fuqua School of Business -- $44,100 (daytime MBA), up 5.8 percent.

Graduate School -- $36,190, up 6 percent.

Law School -- $42,160, up 5.5 percent.

Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences -- $27,600, up 3.8 percent.

School of Medicine -- $41,126, up 5.5 percent.

School of Nursing -- $36,900, up 13.9 percent.

Trustees also agreed to release 28 percent more from the university’s endowment to be used for financial aid in the coming school year. Duke expects to spend about $86 million on financial aid in 2008-09 to help the 40 percent of undergraduates who receive need-based aid.


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  • readme Mar 4, 2008

    Since I hate Duke, I want to criticize them for this. Then I remember that everyone going to UNC is paying less because of the generosity of taxpayers like me. The Duke system is looking good now.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Feb 29, 2008

    Duke had to raise tuition to pay for the lawsuits related to the Duke Lacrosse case.

  • nomercy Feb 29, 2008

    Looks like their official motto continues: "Duke - hard to get in; hard to pay for; easy to get out". Big waste of money but since most students there don't pay for it themselves not that big of a deal.

  • Mobile Geek Feb 29, 2008

    Most be those classes in Arrogance 101 and Advanced Prima Donna.

  • johnkirby Feb 29, 2008

    I rec'd my undergrad from NCSU and grad degree from Duke. I claimed poverty and only paid about $3,500 for the masters at Duke. Pretty good deal if you can get the Duke Endowment (which is extremely large) to pay for you.

  • FragmentFour Feb 29, 2008

    BigUNCFan is right - for undergraduate work, there's no point in putting out that much money. A lot of Duke students attend on full or nearly-full scholarships, but not all.

    On the other hand - for graduate work - yeah, it's worth it.

  • allison842 Feb 29, 2008

    How much are Campbell and Davidson?

  • 39 going on 25 Feb 29, 2008

    Dang, now I see why I have THIS job.

  • wballanceunc Feb 29, 2008

    You couldn't pay ME $48,000 to go there. GO HEELS!!

  • Voice of Reason 23 Feb 29, 2008

    This is kind of expensive. My alma matter is ranked a few places higher than Duke, and the tuition there is only $36K this year. That's still a lot, but considerably lower than Duke's.