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Graduate Education Financing

Tuition

Tuition rates are set by programs of study. Refer to www.duq.edu/grad-tuition for the most up to date information.

Financing Your Graduate Education

Graduate students everywhere are continually seeking information and resources to help finance their graduate education.  This process is new to many people and may seem a bit challenging. 

A college education can be one of the largest financial commitments anyone can make next to the purchase of a home. Just as a home's value increases over time, the value of a Duquesne graduate education also increases over time. Although the cost of a graduate education involves a significant financial commitment, you can better appreciate and understand its value when it is viewed as a long-term investment.

Many graduate students must look beyond their own resources to finance a graduate education.  At Duquesne, we view education financing as a partnership that involves a student, the University, employer, federal and state agencies and other organizations. 

Key Types of Financial Aid

Duquesne University is here to assist you in navigating the process and identifying possible sources of graduate education financing.  Listed below are several potential options to explore for graduate funding opportunities.  Students can also refer to the Office of Financial Aid website.  Additional information related to graduate school funding can be found at gradschools.com.

Graduate and Teaching Assistantships

All assistantship awards are determined by the individual graduate schools, not by the Financial Aid Office. You should contact the graduate program staff in the school to which you are applying to discuss qualifications and any additional questions related to these opportunities.

In addition, various departments around campus, such as Student Life, offer select opportunities for assistantships.  These opportunities may require a specific skillset to be eligible to apply.  Students are encouraged to contact the departments to discuss position qualifications and availability.

Scholarships

Similar to assistantships, scholarships are awarded by the individual graduate schools and programs, not by the Financial Aid Office.  Please contact your intended program of study to explore what possibilities exist based on your specific situation. 

Non Need-Based Loans

An Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is a non-need based loan. Any eligible student can borrow from this loan program. You are charged interest when the loan is disbursed and until it is repaid in full. The maximum academic year loan limits for federal Stafford loans for graduate students is $20,500.

          -  Graduate PLUS Loans are federal, low interest loans that are guaranteed by the government. Grad PLUS loans can be used to pay for the total cost of education less any aid you have been awarded.

Employment

Students may apply for any part-time position that is posted on the regular employment website for Duquesne University on the Human Resources website.  Students should follow the links for Support Staff or Professional and Managerial Staff and follow the instructions to apply for the position.  Additional employment postings can be found on the graduate website.

Outside Scholarships

Sites that promote free scholarship lists/services vary in terms of quality. Remember that you should never pay money or supply credit card information in order to obtain scholarship advice. Barring that, it can't hurt to try some free scholarship searches and evaluate different offerings. 

          -  The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid

          -  FastWeb

          -  WiredScholar (Sallie Mae)

Special Financial Opportunities

Duquesne University is offering a 25% tuition award toward select graduate degrees. This award is limited to specific programs; please refer to the special financial opportunities page to learn more about eligibility, benefits and a complete list of the included academic programs.

Other Financial Options to Consider

Duquesne Monthly Payment Plan

The University offers five and twelve month payment plans through Nelnet, a third-party vendor, which is administered through the Duquesne Student Accounts Office.  To enroll, visit Student Accounts.

          -  Annual enrollment fee is $43 for a twelve-month plan and $23 for a one-semester plan
          -  Amount of payment plan is estimated. Example: Directly billed charges (tuition, fees) less financial aid = Payment Plan amount.  Monthly payments are sent to Nelnet.

Federal Work Study

Students who qualify may apply for federal work-study positions on campus.  Graduate students are not automatically reviewed and must request work-study via email to the Office of Financial Aid.

Employer Tuition Reimbursement

Many companies provide tuition reimbursement for employees. Check with your employer's benefits office to see what opportunities may exist.