Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Duquesne University is $38,178 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 34% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. The cost is 40% more expensive than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $27,215 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 98th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 32nd most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $12,586 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Pittsburgh should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,400.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $2,200 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $2,200 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Duquesne University was $54,364 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of Pennsylvania residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Duquesne University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Duquesne University
Estimated Budgets
Pennsylvania Resident Total Budget $54,364
   In-State Tuition$38,178
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$12,586
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,200
   Books and Supplies$1,400
Non-Resident Total Budget $54,364
   Out-of-State Tuition$38,178
   Other Fees$0
   Room and Board$12,586
   On-Campus Other Budget$2,200
   Books and Supplies$1,400


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $54,364 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Duquesne University net price for in-state students is $30,540* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

100% of Duquesne University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $19,545. 20 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,180. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Duquesne University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Duquesne University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$30,540*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid100%
Average Total Grant Aid$19,545
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants20%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,180

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$21,838
$30,001 to $48,000$23,919
$48,001 to $75,000$26,218
$75,001 to $110,000$29,437

Average Financial Aid Mix - $54,364 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $54,364. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 37% - $19,545

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Duquesne University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 11% - $5,668

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 52% -  $26,951

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Duquesne University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 70/100 for Duquesne University. Considering an average net price paid of $24,148, this leads to an overall value ranking of 56/100. This places the school 190th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Duquesne University
Geneva College30% less expensive
Westminster College7.4% less expensive
Messiah College10.1% less expensive
McDaniel College13.3% more expensive
Alfred University26.1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Duquesne University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Duquesne University is $217,456 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $24,148 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $96,592**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $271,820 or $120,740 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Duquesne University.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$19,089
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$27,182

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Duquesne University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Duquesne University
Price per credit hour$1,265
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$3,795
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$5,060


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 74% of Duquesne University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,668. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $26,119.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Duquesne University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $96,592, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $119,848.52. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Duquesne University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 100% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $24,148. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Duquesne University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Duquesne University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$998.74
Amount Borrowed$96,592.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$23,256.52
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$119,848.52

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Duquesne University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Duquesne University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $119,848.52 would be needed to afford a $998.74 monthly payment in the example $96,592.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Duquesne University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $27,668 to $38,178. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 7.6%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $217,456.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Duquesne University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$74,763$299,053
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$95,419$381,675
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $121,781$487,125
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $140,977$563,909

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Duquesne University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Nursing Science Bachelor's Degree 115 46% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 71 34% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 66 35% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 45 53% costlier
Physician Assistant Bachelor's Degree 40 22% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 31 49% costlier
Physical Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 28 33% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 25 43% costlier
Occupational Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 23 29% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 36% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 17 48% costlier
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Bachelor's Degree 17 49% costlier
Forensic Science and Technology Bachelor's Degree 16 42% costlier
Music, Other Bachelor's Degree 16 24% costlier
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 15 51% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 15 44% costlier
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels Bachelor's Degree 14 43% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 14 46% costlier
Investments and Securities Bachelor's Degree 12 78% costlier
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management Bachelor's Degree 11 64% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 11 46% costlier
Marketing, Other Bachelor's Degree 11 37% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 54% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 9 55% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 8 35% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 8 33% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 31% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 7 31% costlier
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 43% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 5 24% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 5 32% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 5 70% costlier
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 28% costlier
Accounting and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 30% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 4 31% costlier
Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor's Degree 4 36% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 4 16% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 20% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 4 51% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 3 27% costlier
Pharmaceutical Sciences Bachelor's Degree 3 24% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 3 37% costlier
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 36% costlier
Management Science Bachelor's Degree 3 31% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 3 32% costlier
Business/Commerce, General Bachelor's Degree 3 44% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 2 34% costlier
Theology/Theological Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 37% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 2 29% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 46% costlier
Business/Corporate Communications Bachelor's Degree 2 36% costlier
Latin Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 60% costlier
Education, General Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 21% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 33% costlier
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 1 38% costlier
Latin Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 4% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 28% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Administration, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 9% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 1 41% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 1 3% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 36% costlier
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design Bachelor's Degree 1 89% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 26% costlier


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About Duquesne University

Duquesne University is a four year private college located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic faith.  Full time enrollment is 8,867 and part time is 407. Learn more about getting accepted at Duquesne University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Duquesne University is a private not for profit institution.

Duquesne University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=212106 IPEDS survey data.