Current Watts College of Nursing Students may pay tuition and fees online with an e-check. 

A nursing education is one of the most valuable investments you can make for your future. At Watts, the Financial Aid Counselor will work closely with you and guide you in the development of a financial aid package that meets your individual needs.


The Enrollment Agreement reflects the cost for the academic year 2024-2025. The graduation fee is only paid during the last semester.
This Enrollment Agreement may be canceled by the student within five business days of signing for a full refund of monies paid for tuition only.

Fees are per semester and vary based on the semester's required resources and activities.

In addition, there is a non-refundable, one-time-only application fee of $100.

Total cost of the Watts College of Nursing

 1st Semester2nd Semester3rd Semester4th Semester
Tuition ($685.20 per credit hour)$10,278$10,278$10,278$10,278
Liability Insurance$19$19$19$19
Resource Fee$200$200$200$200
Examsoft Tech Fee$36$36$36$36
Rotation Manager Fee$28$28$28$28
ATI Software Tech Fee$400$400$400$400
SISS Tech Fee$285$285$285$285
Senior Fees (Graduation Fee)$0$0$0$175
Total per semester$11,771$11,621$11,621$11,796

*Please note tuition is subject to change each academic year per Watts College of Nursing Board of Directors review and approval.

Title IV:

Return/Refund of Title IV Funds:
Return of Title IV Funds calculations are approved by and policy is maintained by WCON Financial Aid Office. Changes to Federal law may affect this policy. 
Steps to return/Refund Process:

  1. Determine withdrawal date
  2. Calculate the percentage of the enrollment period completed
  3. Calculate the amount of Title IV aid earned
  4. Determine the amount of Title IV aid unearned
  5. Allocate unearned aid
  6. Title IV loan amounts to be returned by WCON will be credited to the appropriate Title IV programs
  7. Communication of Returned Funds

Title IV Funds are returned in the following order:

  1. Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans
  2. Federal Direct Subsidized Loans
  3. Federal Parent Plus Loans

More detailed information regarding Title IV Return/Refund can be found in WCON Financial Aid

Types of Financial Aid Offered at Watts College of Nursing

The Watts College of Nursing Financial Aid Office awards federal and institutional resources listed below based on the eligibility criteria outlined.


  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan 
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Pell Grant

How to Apply to Watts College of Nursing Financial Aid?

4 Steps to Applying for Watts College of Nursing Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply for an FSA ID
Step 2: Submit the FAFSA
Step 3: Review your Watts Award Letter
Step 4: Apply for private loans if necessary

Permits you to file FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA online

WCON/DUHS Tuition Loan Forgiveness program

Duke University Health System is proud to partner with Watts College of Nursing to support future nurses with a Tuition Loan Forgiveness program. Students actively enrolled in the third and fourth semesters a Watts College of Nursing may apply for the loan program. Duke Health will provide tuition assistance to Watts nursing students in their third and fourth semesters. Each semester's loan will be forgiven for each year of service at a DUHS facility upon successfully completing the BSN program and accepting a position as a Registered Nurse in any of the Duke University Health System facilities.

Tuition Reimbursement

Upon completion of the BSN program and receiving a position in the Duke University Health System newly hired employees may qualify for Nurse Student Loan Forgiveness and other educational benefits after meeting certain employment requirements please see the link below for further information.


Withdrawing from courses can negatively affect your financial aid package. You must see the financial counselor if you withdraw from a course or the program. 

The following timeline will be used to determine the amount of the Tuition refund available to the student who withdraws from the program. Tuition is paid by the semester. Tuition only will be refunded. Additional expenses are not included in the refund.

Week 1 – 100% refund
Week 2 – 50% refund
Week 3 and after – 0% refund

After last day to withdraw: no refund

Want More Information?

Explore our collection of sites to learn more about financial aid.

College Board's Pay for College

College Foundation of North Carolina 
Contains information about North Carolina resources for financial aid

Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note

Ethel Clay Price Scholarship
Awarded twice a year by the Watts Alumni Association

Internet’s largest free scholarship search

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Comprehensive resources for all aspects of financial aid

Financial Aid for Minority Students
A comprehensive listing of scholarships/grants for underrepresented groups

Funding Your Education: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
Resource on financial aid from the United States Department of Education

Gates Millennium Scholars

GI Bill Website

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

National Black Nurse Association Scholarship Program

National Student Loan Data System

Office of Postsecondary Education

Parent Plus Loan

Private Student Loans List

Scholarship Listing and Guide for Nursing Students

Watts College of Nursing does not discriminate in the educational program or activities of the college on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, genetic information, or age.