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Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid


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Duquesne University Financial Aid

The University Financial Aid Office (412-396-6607) has information about Stafford Loans and other financial aid programs for which you may be eligible.

A College Education for Veterans

Duquesne University is honored to serve those who have served their country. A wide array of academic programs and services make Duquesne a military-friendly university.
Visit our Veterans web page for more information.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

Nursing School Provides Most NFLP Loans to Future Nurse-Educators in PA

The School of Nursing is administering a high volume of low-interest loans to future nurse-educators through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), a federal program created to help address the nursing shortage.

Since 2004, DU has been awarded Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) funding from the HRSA. The NFLP provides funding to meet the demand for nurse faculty and remove major barriers to accepting as many qualified nursing students as possible, thus alleviating the Nation’s nursing shortage.

The School of Nursing has been able to make loans to select full-time and part-time students to complete their education. Students currently employed as nurse faculty or who are planning to assume a nurse faculty position in a school of nursing upon graduation are eligible. NFLP loans will be forgiven or canceled if the student completes educational coursework in their program (minimum of 3 credits) and an obligation to work as nursing faculty. Eighty-five percent of a student’s loans can be canceled over a 4-year period. The loan cancellation takes place in increments of 20% per year for the first 3 years and 25% for the 4th year. Students may apply for funding when the call for applications is released during the summer. Awarded students may receive funding of up to $35,500 per year for a maximum of 5 years. Details are available through the Office of Student Affairs.

Eligibility criteria include:

  • Full-time (6 credits or more) or part-time students in the PhD or DNP programs who are currently faculty or are planning to become faculty upon completion of their program. MSN and Post Master's Certificate students are not eligible.
  • Student must be enrolled 2 out of 3 semesters of the academic year.
  • Good academic standing - 3.0 QPA or above
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Graduate Assistantship

Each fall and summer semester, MSN, PMC, DNP, and PhD students have an opportunity to apply for a position as a Graduate Assistant (GA). The focus of this position is to provide support for designated faculty, primarily with his/her teaching and/or research responsibility. A GA designation is based on the primary work assignment and fewer than six (6) credits per term status (part-time); a GA is an employment arrangement in which bi-weekly timesheets must be completed and submitted to the Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Program Chairs (AAGPC) for processing on the dates requested.

This work can be accomplished at a distance or in person (on campus), depending on the availability of the student and nature of the work. The application, placements, and evaluation of the GA process are managed by the AAGPC. The supervision of the GA is provided by the assigned faculty member to whom the GA is directly responsible.

Graduate Assistantship positions are handled by the Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program. Students may apply for positions when they are announced via email. Once a student is awarded a Graduate Assistantship, their Graduate Advisor is notified and will process registration accordingly. This process cannot be completed by the student through Self Service Banner.

Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant Positions

  • Students who wish to serve as a GA during the summer semester, would have to apply during the spring semester
  • Students who wish to serve as a GA during the academic year (fall and spring semester), would have to apply during the summer semester
  • There is at least a one (1) semester delay in eligibility based on the admission cycle. Meaning, students admitted in the summer will have to wait until the fall to apply. Students admitted in the fall will have to wait until the summer to officially apply, however, there may be spring openings
  • Applications are submitted via an online survey link. This link will come from the AAGPC via email during the summer and spring semesters
  • Students have an option of five (5) or ten (10) hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring semesters), and an average of six (6) hours per week during the summer semester
  • Students who serve as a GA will receive tuition and salary benefits

Assistantship is a mechanism for graduate students to receive recognition on their transcript for teaching assistant or research assistant positions in the School of Nursing. Students who are awarded assistantships will also be registered for Assistantship FT (full time) or Assistantship HT (half-time) in the semesters that the position is awarded. Assistantship FT is equivalent to 6 or more hours of work per week per semester while Assistantship HT is equivalent to at least 3 hours but fewer than 6 hours of work per week per semester. There is no fee or credit amount associated with Assistantship FT or HT. It is a designation that will allow students to receive recognition for their work as a teaching or research assistant.

Students enrolled less than full time in coursework (HT) who are also awarded a teaching or research assistantship (at least HT) may combine the two designations to earn a full time status.

In accordance with the University withdrawal policy, if a student relinquishes his/her teaching or research assistantship position before the end of the semester, the appropriate withdrawal paperwork must be completed and the student's registration will be updated.

Contact D'rese Despert at 412.396.5878 or despertd@duq.edu

A Guide to Student Loans

This guide, Student Loans: An Overview,  can help you sort through the maze of options, exploring loan costs, requirements and repayment plans so that you can choose your loan wisely. This will help you achieve your educational goals without undermining other life aspirations, such as starting a family, owning a home, and pursuing the career of your dreams.

See also:

Stress-Free Guide to Student Loans

Tips and Tools for Getting Out of Student Loan Debt Quickly

Organizations that Fund Doctoral Students' Education

Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Phi Chapter

Daisy Foundation

Society of Gastroenterology Nurses

Association of Women's Health Obstetrical and Neonatal Nurses (AWOHN)

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)

Transcultural Nursing Society

Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)

Employer-sponsored Faculty Development Awards



American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Scholarships & Financial Aid for Minority Students