2017-18 Bulletin of the Duke University School of Law

Financial Information 46 Penalty Charge If the total amount due on an invoice is not received by the invoice due date, a penalty charge will be assessed by the Office of the Bursar. Restrictions An individual will be in default if the total amount due on the student invoice is not paid in full by the due date. An individual who is in default will not be allowed to register for classes, receive a copy of the academic transcript, have academic credits certified, be granted a leave of absence, or receive a diploma at graduation. An individual in default will be withdrawn. Tuition Refunds Tuition refunds are governed by the following policy. It should be noted that special rules apply to students receiving Title IV loan assistance, which may be obtained from the financial aid office. In the event of death or a call to active duty in the armed services, a full tuition refund is granted. Students may elect to have tuition charges refunded or carried forward as a credit for later study according to the following schedule: withdrawal before the beginning of classes 100% withdrawal during the first or second week 80% withdrawal during the third through fifth week 60% withdrawal during the sixth week 20% withdrawal after the sixth week No refund Scholarship Assistance Duke Law School offers scholarship assistance to selected incoming students. Although most scholarships are based on merit and financial need, a number of scholarships are granted based solely on the applicant’s potential, as reflected by the strength of the admission application. Scholarship awards are generally made in the form of a contract committing the school to a total grant to be disbursed over six semesters or three years of full-time law school enrollment. Students seeking scholarship assistance should file a scholarship application soon after being selected for admission to the law school. The fact that a student plans to apply for financial aid will not affect the decision on the application for admission. Specially Funded Scholarships Many of the law school’s scholarships are funded from general endowment and other law school revenues. Some scholarship candidates are selected each year for support from one of several specially endowed scholarship funds. The criteria for these named awards vary; all students applying for aid will be considered for any special scholarships for which they may be eligible. Upper-Level Awards Virtually all available scholarship funds are allocated to entering students and to students continuing under a scholarship contract awarded at the time of admission. No additional scholarship funding is typically available to upper-level students. Title IV Loan Assistance Title IV loan assistance is available to qualified students. Students who wish to apply for this assistance must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To complete the FAFSA, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov . We recommend students complete the FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible. Note the Duke Law Title IV code is 002920. To obtain more information on federal student financial aid visit www.fafsa.ed.gov . Private Loan Assistance Private loan programs may be available to students who need additional loan funds to meet the approved academic period budget. A good credit history (report) is generally required to receive these loans. To check your credit history contact your credit bureau. For more information about credit bureaus or resolving credit problems, visit http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/credit- and-loans . Satisfactory Academic Progress Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy Federal regulations governing the student financial assistance programs stipulate that in order to continue to be eligible for Title IV funds (e.g. Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan) students must maintain satisfactory academic progress toward a degree. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must achieve a required cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA), complete a minimum number of credit hours, and graduate within a specified timeframe.