Tuition and Funding


Duquesne University School of Law offers a paralegal education of the highest standards at a competitive tuition rate.  

Current tuition is $867 per course. The summer intensive term is $8,670 total. Tuition for the 2020-21 academic year is $908 per course. Students are responsible for paying $45 Westlaw and $35 Lexis Nexis access fees for research courses, and some classes may charge additional fees. No University fees apply.

Funding Your Certificate Studies

The Paralegal Institute encourages prospective students to explore all funding options. Although non-credit certificate programs and courses are not eligible for federal financial aid, other sources can be considered, including: 

  • Private education loans
  • Veterans benefits/ GI Bill – for military/veterans/dependents
  • Employer education assistance/training budgets
  • WIOA (formerly Workforce Investment Act)
  • TAA (Trade Adjustment Act)
  • Spreading costs over multiple terms
  • Scholarships

Private Education Loans

Students may choose to finance the program through private ecuation loans. Students should contact lenders directly to verify availability for non-credit professional certificate programs.

Veterans Benefits/GI Bill

Did you know that Duquesne University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program? The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.

This program allows institutions of higher learning to voluntarily enter into an agreement with Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses.  The institution can contribute up to 50 percent of those expenses and Veterans Affairs will match the same amount as the institution.

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

Montgomery GI Bill® is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. Specifically, the program includes the Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty and the Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve.

Learn more about applying for and using Veterans Affairs benefits at Duquesne University.

After the Department of Veterans Affairs approves benefits, please contact Duquesne University Registrar’s Office by email or phone, 412.396.6211. For additional information regarding benefits, please contact:

Don Accamando
Director, Office of Military and Veteran Students
Libermann Hall - Mezzanine
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412.396.5366
Fax: 412.396.5072

The GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Employee Education Assistance/Training Budgets

Some employers offer tuition assistance for employee training and education.  Information about creating a tuition reimbursement account with an employer is available through the University’s Student Accounts Office by email or 412.396.6585.  Students should explore with employers the availability of funds through employee training budgets for professional development.                                                           

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and Trade Adjustment Act Funding

The Paralegal Institute has been approved as an education provider for programs administered through Pennsylvania Career Link! These programs serve individuals who have experienced reductions in workforce events, or other events that adversely affected employment, and who are seeking training to enter a new career field.  Funds are administered through local Pa. Career Link offices.  Some offices have specifically trained career counselors who work with eligible individuals. The offices below handle WIOA and TAA funding. 

Pa. Careerlink® DOWNTOWN Pittsburgh
Mon. – Wed. Fri: 8:30 – 4:15, Thurs: 9:00 – 4:15
304 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Mon. – Wed. Fri: 8:30 – 4:15, Thurs: 9:00 – 4:15
2040 Ardmore Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Serving Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana Counties:
Tri-County Workforce Investment Board
112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 201
Butler, PA 16001

If you reside in a different county, your county Career Link office should have information to obtain WIOA funding to attend the Paralegal Institute.  The Paralegal Institute is on the Pennsylvania list of approved education providers. 

Under qualifying circumstances, students may receive funding through Occupational Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Please contact the appropriate agency to determine eligibility and how to apply for these funds.

Registering for Courses Over Multiple Terms

Students may take up to 6 terms of 1 1/2 years to complete the program.  This allows students to spread the tuition costs over time as students are billed by course as taken.  Most evening students take an average of two courses per eleven-week term.  However, the number of courses a student takes each term is an individual choice. 


The Paralegal Institute offers its own Genevieve A. Mealy Scholarship. Additionally, the office distributes information throughout the year about scholarships offered through the Lambda Epsilon Chi National Paralegal Honor Society through the American Association for Paralegal Education.