How to apply

In order to receive your financial aid package, all undergraduate students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that the Duquesne Financial Aid Application is only required if you will be attending as a part-time student.

Please note: The FAFSA opens each year in October using tax information from the prior year. Fill out the FAFSA with the parent or guardian you live with using tax information from the prior year. It is recommended that FAFSAs be submitted by May 1 each academic year for maximum consideration.

Qualifying for Financial Aid

High school seniors should complete the FAFSA in their last semester, as it is based on income from the prior year. Many variables are used to determine financial need eligibility, including but not limited to:

  • Family size
  • Number of family members in college
  • Age of older parent
  • Savings and investments
  • Income and assets (You will need your completed tax returns for the previous year)

Student Aid Report (SAR) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

  • The Student Aid Report (SAR) is generated from the information you submit on your FAFSA.
  • A copy is sent to you and to the colleges indicated on your FAFSA.
  • It will provide you with your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is the number that's used to determine your eligibility for federal student financial aid.

Contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss any household income changes that may affect your EFC such as:

  • Death of a parent
  • Divorce
  • Separation
  • Loss of employment
  • Substantial out-of-pocket medical expenses (exceeding 7.5% of adjusted gross income)