Using Your Benefits

Duquesne University proudly serves veterans affordable, accessible, high-quality education. Our goal is to educate those who currently serve and those who have served the nation since the University established a Charter to prepare college students to become officers in 1917.

Duquesne University adheres to the DoD Voluntary Education Memorandum of Understanding standards.


Yellow Ribbon Program

yellow ribbonDuquesne University is a proud participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® that provides the opportunity for veterans to attend a private school like Duquesne University for little or no out-of-pocket money.

This is a voluntary agreement between Duquesne University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that assists eligible veterans and their dependents to pay the balance of their tuition once they have reached the annual cap for tuition at private schools like Duquesne.

Duquesne University offers the Yellow Ribbon Program to an unlimited number of students and waives an unlimited amount of the balance of their tuition.

Simply put - Duquesne University and the VA will split the balance of your remaining tuition after the annual cap has been met, leaving you, the student veteran, with no tuition costs.

You can learn more about the Yellow Ribbon program by visiting the VA Website, or calling the University VA Certifying Official at 412-396-6211. 

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Post 9/11 GI Bill®

The Post 9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. "GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the VA.

More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the VA's official U.S. government website, www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Eligibility: You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

Note: Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.

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Watch an overview video of the Post 911 GI Bill® from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

Activating your VA GI Bill® Benefits

Documentation Process

  • Certificate of Eligibility for all veterans
  • Most recent DD214 for veterans no longer on active duty
  • If you have used your benefits at another school, VA Form 22-1995: Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Notification to Duquesne's certifying official is required for each semester of enrollment.

Upon receipt of this documentation, the University Certifying Official will contact the Department of Veterans Affairs on your behalf to process your benefits information for the semester. Please feel free to contact the University Certifying Official, Kathy Scheer in the Office of the Registrar at 412-396-6211, or scheer@duq.edu if you have any questions about using your veteran's educational benefits at Duquesne.

Students who receive Chapter 33/Post 9/11 cannot receive non-federal aid (i.e. Academic Scholarship, Duquesne Grant, Tuition Remission, etc.) to exceed the billable tuition and fee charges of the school of enrollment in combination with Chapter 33/Post9/11 funding.


Using Veterans Administration Benefits

Duquesne University adheres to the rules stipulated by the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38, United States Code. Therefore, student veterans or dependents of veterans utilizing Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill® or Ch. 31 Voc-Rehab benefits will not be affected by penalties imposed due to an overdue balance unless the remaining balance is owed by the student and not covered under VA benefits.

Any such unpaid balance may be assessed a 1.5% late payment fee each month, and the University may impose the specific penalties listed below for the charges owed solely by the student:

Penalties (Holds)

  • A financial hold will be placed on any delinquent student account that is above the Tuition Hold Policy.
  • Holds can delay registration, room assignments, official transcript release and the issuance of diplomas.
  • Holds can be resolved by paying in full or contacting Student Accounts.

Federal Tuition Assistance

Military service members currently serving may opt to use Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) to fund their education. The various Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Programs include:

Service members who are planning on using Tuition Assistance should discuss enrollment with their Education Services Office to more fully understand the Tuition Assistance Program for their specific service branch.

For questions regarding the use of your Tuition Assistance benefit at Duquesne, please contact Karen Hartupee in Student Accounts at 412-396-6588, or hartupeek@duq.edu.


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