Financial Aid Application Process

In order to receive your financial aid package, all students must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The Duquesne Financial Aid Application is required if you will be a graduate student (excluding Law) or enrolled as a part-time student.  If you will be a Full-time Undergraduate student, the Duquesne Financial Aid Application is not required.

  1. Complete the FAFSA online (DU school code 003258)
  2. If you will be a graduate student (excluding Law) or a part-time student, download the Duquesne Application for Financial Aid form

Please note: Submit the FAFSA by May 1 each academic year for maximum consideration.

The parent you live with should complete the FAFSA. If the parent you live with has remarried, the information of that parent and their new spouse (stepparent) must be used.

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)