Financial Aid and Scholarships
Sources of Financial Aid
You may apply for and receive a combination of financial aid (scholarships, loans, grants-in-aid, etc…) up to the maximum cost of attendance for your program. Note that you do not have to “max out” your budget – we encourage you to be frugal and to borrow as little as possible – but you can apply for student loans up to the maximum cost of attendance if you need it.
Financial assistance is processed centrally through the Duquesne University Financial Aid Office. This includes Federal Stafford Unsubsidized Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and private educational loans. The School of Law does not process this aid.
To apply for financial aid, applicants must be currently enrolled in the University or be in the process of applying for admission. Applicants to the School of Law should not wait until admission to submit their financial aid application. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.ed.gov by the May 31 priority deadline. Be sure to list Duquesne University with the school code 003258.
*Full-time day law students DO NOT have to complete the Duquesne Financial Aid Application.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loan: Law students are eligible to borrow a maximum of $20,500 in an Unsubsidized Stafford Loan per academic year. By completing the FAFSA online at fafsa.ed.gov, law students are eligible to receive loans through the federal need-based Stafford program. Law students are not required to list parents’ income on the FAFSA.
Graduate PLUS: This is a credit-based federal loan program that requires an application apart from the FAFSA and allows students to borrow beyond the $20,500 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. Most students at Duquesne University School of Law are able to pay for law school using a combination of scholarships, Stafford, and Graduate PLUS loans.
For more information about Federal Student Aid, please visit StudentAid.gov
Alternative: If you are unable to borrow what you need through the Stafford and Graduate PLUS programs, alternative loans are available through private lenders. An alternative loan requires a separate application, is credit-based, and generally carries a higher interest rate than the Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans.
Library Assistant Positions
A limited number of Library Assistant positions are available for selected students. Recipients work as School of Law library aides or administration aides for a maximum 340 hours during the academic year. Accepted students may submit a cover letter and resume to Charles Sprowls at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loan Repayment Assistance Program
The William B. Billock Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) seeks to ease the debt burden incurred by graduates employed at qualifying public interest law entities. Individuals who work as public interest law or government attorneys or serve as staff for tax-exempt organizations, and who earn less than $50,000 per year, are eligible to apply for consideration.
The Public Interest Law Fellowships and McGinley Public Service Fellowships provide financial support for law students who spend their summers working in the public interest.