All students seeking financial aid will be required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15. PA applicants may complete an application on the FAFSA website. The FAFSA is typically available after January 1.
Qualified students may be eligible for the following federal education loans:
- Unsubsidized Stafford Loans (maximum award of $20,500 per academic year)
- GradPlus Loan (up to the cost of attendance per academic year less any other financial assistance received)
*Federal education loans have an aggregate loan limit of $138,500.00 for graduate and professional students. Of this amount, no more than $65,500.00 may be in subsidized loans.
Limited scholarship funds through the Duke Physician Assistant Program are also available. Applicants are also encouraged to request information and application forms from clubs, organizations, foundations, and agencies as soon as possible after applying for admission to the program. Other known sources of funding include:
- The North Carolina Forgivable Education Loans for Service Program. Established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2011, the Forgivable Education Loans for Service provides financial assistant to qualified students enrolled in an approved education program and committed to working in critical employment shortage professions in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority provides administration for the program. Additional information may be located at www.cfnc.org/FELS.
- The U.S. Public Health Service has several programs that offer scholarships, stipends and loan repayment to PA students who commit to varying periods of employment in medically underserved settings. Information on these programs may be obtained by calling (800) 221-9393 or visiting National Health Service Corps (NHSC). One program offered by the U.S. Public Health Service is the National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program. NHSC scholars receive full tuition and fee reimbursement as well as a monthly stipend throughout their education, in return for 2 years of service in a site recognized as medical underserved by the National Health Service Corps. Duke NHSC scholars have practiced following graduation in a variety of settings, including rural clinics and inner city practices.
- In the past 15 years, 54 Duke students have been awarded scholarships to attend the PA Program through the NHSC. We strongly urge PA applicants to consider application to the NHSC program.
- Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians. A booklet outlining sources of funding specifically for North Carolina Residents. This booklet is available at financial aid offices and local libraries. Or visit Student Financial Aid for North Carolinians.
- Financial Aid information is also available by writing to the American Academy of Physician Assistants 950 Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-1552. Phone (703) 836-2272, or visiting American Academy of Physician Assistants.
- Individual State Information-Grants and Guaranty Agencies
- Armed Services Scholarship Programs:
- Navy: Navy Officer Programs Suite 120, 801 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, 27605-1130. (800) 662-7568
- Army: Army Medical Recruiting 3000 Highwood Blvd., Leatherwood Building , Suite 316, Raleigh, NC 27604-1041. (919) 872-4531.
- Air Force: Health Professions Recruiter, 4030 Wake Forest Rd., Suite 205, Raleigh, NC 27609-6262. (919) 850-9724.
- Employment: Some first-year students are employed part-time; however, the rigor of the academic curriculum usually prevents the student from maintaining part-time employment. Students who wish to be employed during their training must comply with the program’s academic schedule and are prohibited from working more than 20 hours per week. Part-time employment must never interfere with class or clinical schedules. Any student unable to maintain adequate academic standing will be asked to terminate his/her employment. Because of the demands of the clinical year, it is difficult or impossible for the second-year student to work.
More Resources for Funding
- U.S. Department of Education
- The Student Guide
- United Negro College Fund
- The American Indian College Fund
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
If you have any questions or concerns regarding financial aid, please do not hesitate to contact:
Office of Financial Aid
0383 Seeley G. Mudd Bldg
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710
Telephone: (919) 684-6649
Fax: (919) 684-0251