Fall Bills, Direct Deposit & Refunds

Bills in DukeHub

1. Bills for tuition and fees for the fall semester will be sent out electronically towards the beginning of August. It is a snapshot of your account at the time the bill is generated. We will send out a general notice once we know the exact date that bills will be sent out. The due date will be 30 days after the bills are sent.

2. Students pay their tuition bill at the Bursar website – click on ‘Making a Payment.’

3. If you have not already made decisions regarding how you are going to pay your fall tuition and fees, you should do so soon. That way, when you get your bill it will accurately reflect your current status.

4. If you were offered any merit-based aid or need-based aid by the Nicholas School, you do not need to take any action. Half of the award will be applied automatically to your fall bill and the other half will go towards spring.

5. If you have been offered federal work/study (US citizens and permanent residents only are eligible), you need to make a decision in DukeHub. It is recommended that you go ahead and accept it for now so that should you have the time to take on a work/study job, the money will be there for you to earn. It is not a guarantee; it just means that the funds are earmarked for you to earn. You can decline it later and/or convert it to a loan, if you decide you do not want to find a job. Talk to Cindy Peters about it.

6. If you are using federal loans (Federal Direct Unsubsidized [Unsub] and/or GradPlus [Plus]) to help offset the cost of attendance you do need to go into DukeHub and decide what amounts you want to accept. Take a look at your budget and don’t accept more than you think you will need. We can always generate an additional loan later if necessary provided all forms of financial aid added together don’t equal more than the cost of attendance.

7. If you want to adjust or accept a loan amount, go into your financial aid panel in DukeHub; click on the accept button next to the loan; a box should open up around the amount and you can reduce it. Or you can decline it altogether.

8. Once you are satisfied, click submit. If you wish to make changes after you have submitted you will need to get in touch with Cindy Peters as the option of making changes through DukeHub will go away. Cindy is happy to discuss options with you and make changes as needed.

9. If you are going to reduce or decline loans, start first with the GradPlus as it has the higher interest rate and they check your credit rating before disbursement. If you eliminate the Plus loan and you want to reduce further, then reduce the Unsub. Remember that loans must be split evenly between fall and spring.

10. Remember that a loan origination fee is taken off the top before the loan disburses. From now to 10/1/20 the fees are 1.059% for the Unsub; 4.236% for the Plus. Interest rates for 2020-2021 are: Unsub 4.3%; Plus 5.3%. Interest does not start to accrue until the loans actually disburse.

11. Students paying from bank accounts outside the United States are encouraged to pay by wire via Flywire or Western Union using the international payments link provided above.

12. Do not wait until coming to Duke to pay – late payment penalty charges will be assessed on payments made after the payment deadline – and these charges add up – FAST!


Bills for fall are typically due within 30 days of the date the bills are sent out.


Other Expenses

1. If you are using financial aid to help cover your living expenses, you need to come with money in your pocket to get your household set up as your refund likely will not hit your bank account until after the semester has begun.

2. Set-up direct deposit in DukeHub so any refunds are deposited directly to your checking account. Refunds come in one lump sum at the beginning of each semester so you’ll have to budget for the full semester.

3. Once tuition and fees have been covered, registration triggers the refunds process. It generally takes 5-7 business days for the funds to hit your bank account.