Financial Aid

The Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy program understands that financial aid opportunities are top priority for many students. The financial aid opportunities that are offered through the Duke DPT program are listed below. Qualified applicants may also be eligible for federal education loan programs. International students do not qualify for federal loans; however, they are eligible for the financial aid opportunities listed below:

  • Helen Kaiser Scholarship: Helen Kaiser was the founder and Director of the Graduate Program in Physical Therapy at Duke, and was a nationally-known professional association leader whose career reflected the highest values of quality patient care and respect and dignity for human life. The scholarship recipients are expected to demonstrate a strong sensitivity to, and appreciation for, the diversity in all individuals. Helen Kaiser Scholarship recipients will receive $20,000 each year, for a total of $60,000. If an applicant is accepted to the Duke DPT Program, they are eligible to apply.
  • Academic Scholarships: Each year, applicants with a strong academic background can qualify to receive a one-time award between $15,000 and $35,000 to be applied to their first-year tuition. There is no application for this. The scholarship committee selects recipients.

  • Graduate Assistantships: Graduate Assistants perform various duties assisting staff and faculty in the DPT division (similar to a work-study position). Students can apply at the end of their first semester. Graduate Assistants can work up to 19 hours per week and are paid $15.00 per hour. The program hires up to six Graduate Assistants each year.

Contact Financial Aid

Learn more by contacting the Duke University School of Medicine's Office of Financial Aid (919-684-6649 or, or visit the Duke University School of Medicine's Office of Financial Aid.