Course Materials Assistance

DukeLIFE has resources to help eligible students access course materials. The program is intended to assist students with urgent needs and does not support materials for a full semester. 

Who is eligible to apply?

  • DukeLIFE undergraduates actively enrolled in Trinity or Pratt who have demonstrated high financial need as indicated in their need-based financial aid records. The DukeLIFE office notifies all students who meet the financial eligibility criteria each academic year via email. Check your email for receipt of this communication to confirm you eligibility prior to applying. Students may also write to to inquire about their eligibility. 
  • Students may receive assistance with materials for one course during their time at Duke. 
  • We anticipate providing materials worth up to $300. 
  • Requests for digital textbooks, subscriptions to online learning platforms, and other single-user items will be reviewed individually. Please allow extra time for this review. 

Ineligible Items (not exhaustive):

  • Art supplies
  • Software subscriptions
  • Clothing
  • Bags and cases
  • Laptops, iPads, and other computer peripherals


  • Please provide all requested information on the application. 
  • If the request is approved, a DukeLIFE staff member will work with you to purchase the item directly. It will be provided to you as a loan for the duration of your enrollment in the course. 

Other Campus Resources

Students having difficulty with textbooks and supply costs associated with their courses may also use the following resources
• Contact the financial aid office (whether or not you are on aid). They have loans and resources for connecting students with programs on campus that might be able to help alleviate these costs.  
Duke Libraries offers textbook rentals through the Top Textbook Program, where you can rent out a textbook for 3 hours at a time.
• For course-specific technology needs such as Digital Voice Recorder, HD Video Camera, TI-84 Plus CE, DSLR camera kit, Tripod, Shotgun Mic, iPad Mini 4, a Handheld Projector, or a GoPro, visit the Link and reserve rental equipments