Tuition Remission

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Duquesne University personnel and eligible relatives must submit the completed application to Human Resources.  The form only requires the supervisor signature if the employee is taking classes during work hours.

2020-2021 Tuition Remission Application

2019-2020 Tuition Remission Application

Deadline Dates

All tuition remission forms must be completed (with estimated credits per term) and received by the Human Resources Office by the following dates:

Forms not submitted by deadline are subject to a 5% benefit reduction.


  • Fall 2020 - August 21, 2020
  • Spring 2021 - January 7, 2021
  • Summer 2021 - May 10, 2021


  • Fall 2019 - August 26, 2019
  • Spring 2020 - January 9, 2020
  • Summer 2020 - May 11, 2020

Tuition Remission Administrative Fee

Students attending Duquesne University using the tuition remission benefit will have an administrative fee applied as follows for the 2020/2021 academic year:

Full-time undergraduate 12-18 credits per term $1,646.00 per term
Undergraduate, less than 12 credits or over 18 per term $129.00 per credit
Graduate students $129.00 per credit
1st Degree

1st Degree - Effective Fall 2015

Employee's full-time employment START DATE IS PRIOR to July 1, 2010:

Full-time faculty, staff and eligible dependents: 100% basic tuition remission


Employee's full-time employment START DATE IS AFTER July 1, 2010:

Full-time faculty, staff and eligible dependents: 

  • Less than 1 year of service - 55% basic tuition remission
  • 1 year, but less than 2 years service - 80% basic tuition remission
  • 2 years or more of service - 100% basic tuition remission
2nd Degree

2nd Degree - Effective Fall 2015

Employee's full-time employment START DATE IS PRIOR to July 1, 2010:

Full-time faculty, staff, and eligible dependents: 45% basic tuition remission


Employee's full-time employment START DATE IS AFTER July 1, 2010:

Full-time faculty and staff: 45% basic tuition remission

Faculty and staff eligible dependents: Not eligible


Part-Time employees

All part time-faculty, nursing staff of the Health Services Department, part-time head coaches* and first assistant coaching staff* are eligible for 55% basic tuition remission for studies pursued at Duquesne University while the employee is actively employed.

*Part time head coaches and first assistant coaches are those coaching intercollegiate sports who have the primary responsibility for coaching a team(s) or activity for one or more complete seasons of intercollegiate competition and who are paid by the University. 

Graduate Taxation

Graduate Taxation

Employee, Spouse, and Dependent child:

  • Internal Revenue Service regulations state that the value of graduate tuition remission received by employees over $5,250 per calendar year is subject to Federal Income and Social Security withholding taxes.
  • The value of all graduate tuition remission received by spouses and dependents is also subject to taxes.
  • The University will withhold applicable taxes based upon the value of graduate tuition remission received by an employee and/or their dependent over the pay periods in the semester for which the graduate tuition remission is received.
  • Refer to TAP No. 13 at Human Resources for additional information.
Special Circumstances

Special Circumstances Benefits

Available for eligible relatives or employees who are deceased, disabled, or retired are extended or continued in accordance with University policy. This information may be obtained through the Office of Human Resource Management

Termination of Benefits

Termination of Benefits

In the event of termination of service with the University while the terminating individual or a spouse or eligible dependent children are enrolled for courses, tuition benefits will not continue beyond the last day of work. At this point, benefits will be prorated based on the Federal Pro-Rata Refund Policy (up to 60% completion of the term.)

More Info

Additional Information

  • This benefit is intended to provide tuition remission benefits only to the extent required to cover direct cost of basic tuition.
  • University Aid - No additional University-controlled academic, merit, endowed or need-based aid is available for tuition. Students may qualify, if applicable, for the on-campus room award if assigned to on-campus housing. Room awards are not transferrable to off-campus housing.
  • All employees are limited to nine (9) credits per term at basic tuition credit rates. Employees enrolled in the Center for Adult Learners may enroll for twelve (12) credits per semester, under the two terms per semester schedule in the fall and spring.
  • Employees eligible for second degree coverage will be limited to one 45% basic tuition or rate of school of enrollment, whichever is LOWER, for ALL students. Students enrolled in the sixth year of the PharmD program are considered second degree and applicable tuition remission benefit will apply.