Tuition & Fees
The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) includes both education and living expenses based on nine months of off-campus housing in the Durham area. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year and are not fixed until approved by the University Board of Trustees, usually in May. The COA will be used to determine total federal financial aid eligibility.
Tuition and Fees for the 2022-2023 Academic Year
Student Health Fee
Student Medical Insurance Program*
Graduate Student Activity Fee
MPP Student Activity Fee
Graduate Recreation Facilities Fee
Transcript Fee (One-time fee—first year)
University Student Services Fee
Books & Supplies
Student Living Expenses
Housing, Utilities, and Phone
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses
Total Cost of Attendance for one academic year
All figures are estimates only. Annual tuition and fees are divided evenly between the fall and spring terms.
*The Student Medical Insurance Plan is required for all MPPs and is charged during the fall term. Students may waive out of this plan if they can present proof of alternative coverage. International students with an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to purchase the student medical insurance plan. The actual cost of the Student Medical Insurance Plan is established before the fall term begins. The University Bursar’s Office provides additional information regarding student medical insurance with fall tuition statements.
**Federal Loan Origination Fees are automatically added to the budget assuming the student is borrowing the Unsubsidized and/or Graduate PLUS Loan. If a private/ alternative loan is borrowed these fees will have to be reduced or removed.
Additional Considerations That May Raise the Cost of Attendance for Aid Purposes
One-Time Computer Increase—Students must submit an invoice showing the price of the computer in order to receive an increase up to $2,500.
Study Abroad Expenses (Hertie Exchange Program)—Students can request an increase in transportation costs and living expenses. Copies of round trip airfare receipt and dorm/rental agreement must be made available to the financial aid office prior to the increase being made.
Dependent Increase—For actual childcare expenses up to $5,000. Documentation of the expense (canceled check, bill, statement) must be provided to the aid office.
Additional Cost: Continuation
Students who do not complete the degree requirements in the approved time, are charged $500 for each additional semester required to complete the MPP degree. Prescribed time to complete the MPP degree is:
Two academic years: Two-year MPP students
Three academic years: MPP/MBA or MPP/MEM students
Four academic years: MPP/JD students
Five academic years: MPP/MD students