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About Duquesne University

duquesne studentsA Catholic university situated a top a hill in uptown Pittsburgh, Duquesne is a research university that feels like a liberal arts college. Despite being only one of 9 Catholic universities classified as having ‘high research activity’, Duquesne has an undergraduate student population of about 5,800, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The intimate academic environment afforded by a small student body and with the high level and volume of research being conducted on campus combine to make Duquesne a unique being in the world of academia: a place where research and personal academic attention are not mutually exclusive.

You’re most likely in the 99% of students who receive (or will receive) Duquesne financial aid, so we want to impress upon you one super-important thing: budget wisely. Don’t spend more than you need to, especially as you’re already being given funds, and probably are borrowing some as well, to afford your Duquesne education. Sure, spending money on the occasional trip off-campus into Pittsburgh is cool, don’t worry about that – especially if you’re going to Church Brew Works or Primanti Brothers – but just try to keep spending to a minimum.

Applying for Duquesne Financial Aid
Duquesne, as a private university requires two forms for those applying to receive Duquesne financial aid: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and an institutional form unique to Duquesne. The FAFSA isn’t so bad; so don’t worry too much about that. We don’t know much about Duquesne’s own form, but if you have any questions, get in touch with your aid counselor at the Duquesne financial aid office. He or she will be happy to walk you through the form, as well as give you a rundown of what you might expect to receive in your aid package.

Financial Aid Packages

You can expect to see a very typically constructed aid award from the Duquesne financial aid program; it’s nothing crazy or revolutionary like Harvard’s aid program, but it’s very favorable in terms of disbursement. 99% of students at Duquesne receive aid from the university, and 75% of students take out federal student loans that they were offered in their aid packages. In addition to federal loans, students may be offered scholarships, grants, and/or work-study programs, all depending on need and eligibility.

While Duquesne gives out aid to many students, the packages themselves often come up short, as about a quarter of the student body at Duquesne has one or more private student loans. Students use these loans to cover the ‘tuition gap’, which is the financial difference between the total cost of attendance at Duquesne and the financial aid award received. Some students and families are able to cover that gap out-of-pocket, but many are not able to cover it fully, and in these situations, private student loans are a very dependable form of aid.

Frequently Asked Questions
What forms do I need to complete in order to apply for Duquesne University financial aid?

Students interested in applying for Duquesne University financial aid are required to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as Duquesne’s own undergraduate aid form. Both of these forms are available online. When filling out the FAFSA form, students need to quote the Federal Code (003258) for Duquesne University. In order to continue receiving financial aid, students are required to fill out these forms every year before the deadline.

What grant awards are available via Duquesne financial aid?

Duquesne financial aid accepts federal grant awards that include Pell and SEOG (Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant). Both of these awards can be accessed by filling out the FAFSA application form. Notably, the university also accepts state awards and grants from external organizations. Full-time students may also opt to receive a Duquesne grant; although it is a need-based award, students must maintain a GPA of 2.0.

What kinds of costs can I cover with Duquesne student loans?

Duquesne student loans can be used to cover all kinds of education related expenses. Not only can you pay off tuition costs, but you can also cover accommodation costs, book expenses, traveling, and other education material costs. These loans are easy to apply for, as all you have to do is fill out the FAFSA.


Pay for Duquesne University*

Total Avg. Cost $37,818
Tuition $24,385
Room & Board Not Avail.
Financial Aid Information
Students Receiving Fin Aid 99%
Typical Grant Amounts
State/Local $3,334
Federal $4,653
%Receiving Loans 71%
Avg. Other Stud. Loans $11,932
%Receiving Other Loans 19%

Get into Duquesne University

Admission Rate 76%
Total Enrollment 10,294
Men 42%
Women 58%
Graduation Rate 76%
Application Fee $50

Contact Duquesne University

Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282(412) 396-6000
Financial Aid Office URL
Admissions Office URL

*Data source is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) the data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics

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