Scholarship and Financial Aid
Our Spiritan founders insisted that the transformative benefits of a Duquesne education be available to all worthy students, regardless of ability to pay. Funding for need-based financial aid is critical to keeping this promise alive-now and for generations to come.
In the earliest days, the Spiritans often reduced or waived tuition for those who could not pay. Today's conditions are much different, but higher education remains the key to better lives and careers. Affordability is still a challenge-in some ways, more now than before. Students and their families sacrifice and often incur substantial debt in their quest for a college education. For many, the bottom line cost is a key factor in deciding whether to enroll or stay at Duquesne.
More than 90 percent of incoming Duquesne students receive some form of financial aid, scholarships or grants. More than $40 million is University-based, with a large portion coming from donor-endowed scholarships. Still, more help is needed to realize our founders' vision.
Increased financial aid does not imply relaxed admission standards. To the contrary, it is crucial to sustaining our recent success in attracting the most talented and motivated students, and to building a more diverse and vibrant learning community. Competition for the finest students is fierce. By making finances less of a concern, students and families can make decisions based on Duquesne's many other advantages.
More dedicated scholarship funds will also have a beneficial effect on the University's balance sheet. Aside from salaries, financial aid is the largest single line item in Duquesne's operating budget. Funding more need-based aid from endowments rather than operational revenue will make more resources available for improvements in academics and student life.
> See the list of endowed scholarships already established.