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Scholarships and Aid

Federal and National Programs

The Federal Student Aid Web site contains information on loan cancellation for both Stafford and federal Perkins loans. The qualifications for cancellation are outlined for each. A possible qualification for cancellation with both loan types is teaching in a school designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a "low-income school." Access the database of schools using the Web site listed below.

For information on Summer Student Loans, please visit Financial Aid's website.

Cancellation/Deferment Options for Teachers

U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid Office

Awards and Scholarships Available To Undergraduate and Graduate Students

School of Education Teaching Fellow Award

As an assurance of the quality of the most outstanding graduates from Duquesne University's School of Education, the School designates a limited number of qualifying students as School of Education Teaching Fellows. The School of Education Teaching Fellows must exhibit academic excellence, outstanding student teaching experiences, and significant volunteer/community service. Benefits accruing to Fellows include special consideration for masters or doctorate work at the School, as well as individualized support from the School of Education on behalf of a Fellow when that person is a finalist in a school district or private school hiring process.  Deadline April 14, 2017. Related links: Info Sheet | Application

Awards and Scholarships Available To Undergraduate Students

50% Tuition Scholarship

The tuition scholarship represents our commitment to ensuring that the best-prepared teachers are available for the classrooms of the future. It's our way of responding to a variety of adverse factors in the current market. 

Awards and Scholarships Available To Graduate Students Only

Educational Discount

Beginning in January of 2009, all students who enroll full-time (six credits or more per semester) while maintaining continuous enrollment in certain programs are eligible to receive a scholarship, discounting tuition significantly over the length of your program. Find a list of our programs wtih special financial opportunities. 

Financial Aid Forms and Tuition 25% Award Application

Graduate Assistant Positions

Assistantships and employment are available for graduate students at Duquesne University.

For Employees Of Roman Catholic Affiliated Institutions

Lay Teacher Discount (for Lay Teachers and Lay School Administrators)

Current full-time lay teachers of pre-K through high school or school administrators in a Roman Catholic school in the Pittsburgh, Greensburg, or Altoona-Johnstown Dioceses pursuing a non-doctoral degree or certificate in the School of Education may be eligible to receive a 60% discount on School of Education tuition. This Lay Teacher discount does not apply to the doctoral programs. Only one Duquesne University degree may be earned under this reduced tuition program.

Lay Ministers

Men and women employed as lay ministers within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as Pastoral Associates, Professional Youth Ministers, Parish Social Ministers, and Campus Ministers may be eligible to receive a 50% discount of basic rate, or rate of school enrollment, whichever is lower.  Eligibility must be verified by the Institute for Ministers of the Diocese of Pittsburgh.

*Please note that multiple University-issued awards and scholarships cannot be issued to a student's account.  For example, a student cannot receive both the Lay Minister Discount and the Educational Discount.

External Scholarships


Available to School of Education Juniors, Seniors, and all School of Education Graduate Students who are in the following programs:


  • Secondary Education Mathematics


  • Reading Language Arts
  • Secondary Education Biology
  • Secondary Education Chemistry
  • Secondary Education Mathematics
  • Secondary Education Physics
  • Special Education PreK-8 OR 7-12

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families.
For more information and how to apply, please contact Student and Academic Services at 412.396.6093.

Sabina Hilger Walsh and Harold Rex Walsh Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarships to sophomores attending four-year colleges or universities in Pennsylvania.


Pursue a degree or studies in: Education
Have a residence in: Beaver or Allegheny County
Demonstrate financial need.
Institution at which to use scholarship: 4 yr college in Pennsylvania
Preference will be given to U.S. citizens.
Complete an application.
Maintain a GPA of: 3.00
Write and submit an essay: One-page essay about yourself and your goals.
How to apply:

Scholarship Application
Provide a college transcript.
Provide a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR).
Provide one letter of reference.
Write and submit an essay: One-page essay about yourself and your goals.
Contact for more information:

The Pittsburgh Foundation: Deborah Turner

Jankowski Family Scholarship Fund

To provide scholarships for sophomore students at Duquesne University enrolled in the School of Education.

- Pursue a degree or studies in: Education
- Demonstrate financial need.
- Institution at which to use scholarship: Duquesne University
- Preference will be given to students of Polish descent, Catholic faith.
- Complete an application.
- Applicants requested to submit a photograph.
- Recipients may re-apply. Renewal considered only if academic performance continues to be "B" average.
- Maintain a GPA of: 3.00
- Write and submit an essay: Telling a little about theirself, why they have chosen teaching for a profession, and why they feel they should be selected for the scholarship.

Applications are due April 23, 2017.

Elora's H.O.P.E Scholarship

The scholarship is for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in Special Education with the intention of using their degree to teach. Application deadline is June 30th.

In April 2006, Elora, a 7th grader in the North Allegheny school district, lost her life after a courageous battle with Leukemia. Though she had a variety of special needs, Elora loved 5K races. She would arrive long after everyone had crossed the finish line - but that never stopped her from encouraging others along the way. Elora brought out the best in others and Elora's H.O.P.E. wants to continue Helping Others to Persevere and Endure.

Application and Guidelines

The Frank E. Bolden Scholarship

In 1998, The Early Learning Institute established the Frank Bolden Scholarship Fund within the POISE Foundation. The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to a student who has been accepted to the College of Education and has a major focused in either Special Education or Early Childhood Education. Over the last 14 years, the Foundation has awarded scholarship recipients over $18,500.00.

We are asking your assistance in recommending students from your University meeting the qualifications above. The Scholarship committee's preference is an African American student. However, any student who has declared one of the above majors and has been accepted to the College of Education or equivalent is eligible. Application cycle will be open until December 16, 2016 and students can access additional information and the on-line application by going to the POISE Foundation Website www.poisefoundation.org