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. Applications for scholarships and financial aid opportunities are included in admissions packets. 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.
  • Diversity and Leadership Scholarship (a subset of the Helen Kaiser Scholarship):  Currently, there is a lack of minority representation within the profession of physical therapy. This deficit has a direct impact on patient outcomes and student experiences. This scholarship is awarded annually to students who exhibit an outstanding academic record, a strong leadership foundation, and have exemplified a commitment to diversity, service, and making a positive impact in their community.  Recipients of this scholarship 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.
  • 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 four Graduate Assistants each year.

An outside scholarship that Duke DPT students have been able to take advantage of is the US Department of Veteran Affairs Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP).  This scholarship is specifically for students enrolled in graduate health professions programs (PT, nursing, and PA).  This is a full scholarship that covers tuition and fees as well as providing a monthly stipend.  Eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or be unconditionally accepted for enrollment in, an academic program that prepares the applicant to meet the VA Qualification Standards for employment in occupational field for which the scholarship is awarded.  Specific requirements can be found here.  During the 2017 application cycle 10 PT scholarships were awarded and 3 of those were awarded to Duke DPT students.

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.