Graduate Tuition and Financial Aid
Graduate Tuition Rates
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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 program who are currently faculty or are planning to become faculty upon completion of their program. MSN, Post Master’s Certificate, and DNP 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
- Citizen or national of the U.S., or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S., the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa or the Trust Territory of the Pacific.
- Free of any judgment lien entered against him/her based on the default of a Federal debt.
Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant Positions
In the summer, the Associate Dean for Academic Affair notifies students about research and teaching assistant positions that are available working with School of Nursing faculty for the academic year. Students are selected based on their interest and ability to work on the specific projects. These positions can be filled by online students. You do not have to live in the local area to qualify.
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.
Teaching Assistantship positions are handled by the Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program. Students may apply for positions when they are announced. Once a student is awarded a Teaching Assistantship, the Graduate Advisor is notified and will process registration accordingly. This process cannot be completed by the student through SelfService Banner.
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.
Organizations that Fund Doctoral Students' Education
Employer-sponsored Faculty Development Awards