Duquesne University School of Law

Paralegal Institute Tuition and Funding Options

Tuition

Photo of a paralegal graduate holding certificateDuquesne University School of Law offers a paralegal education of the highest standards at a competitive tuition rate.  

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $760 per course. Students are responsible for paying $45 Westlaw access fees for certain courses, and some classes may charge additional fees. No University fees apply. 

 

Funding Your Certificate Studies

The Paralegal Institute encourages prospective students to explore all funding options. Although non-credit certificate programs and courses are not eligible for federal financial aid, other sources can be considered, including: 

  • Private education loans
  • Veterans benefits/ GI Bill – for military/veterans/dependents
  • Employer education assistance/training budgets
  • WIOA (formerly Workforce Investment Act)
  • TAA (Trade Adjustment Act)
  • Spreading costs over multiple terms
  • Scholarships

 

Private Education Loans

Students may choose to finance the program through the Pennsylvania Private Loan Marketplace. Information is available through Duquesne University’s Financial Aid website. Use the Alternative Education Loan tab to explore private loan information, including how to use the marketplace. Then contact lenders directly to verify availability for non-credit professional certificate programs. Applying with a co-signer may help students secure the most favorable rates. 

 

Veterans Benefits/GI Bill

The Department of Veterans Affairs has various programs available.  Visit the Veterans Affairs website for more information and instructions.  Once the Department of Veterans Affairs approves benefits, please contact Duquesne University Registrar’s Office by email or 412.396.6211. 

 

Employee Education Assistance/Training Budgets

Some employers offer tuition assistance for employee training and education.  Information about creating a tuition reimbursement account with an employer is available through the University’s Student Accounts Office by email or 412.396.6585.  Students should explore with employers the availability of funds through employee training budgets for professional development.                                                            

 

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and Trade Adjustment Act Funding

The Paralegal Institute has been approved as an education provider for programs administered through Pennsylvania Career Link! These programs serve individuals who have experienced reductions in workforce events, or other events that adversely affected employment, and who are seeking training to enter a new career field.  Funds are administered through local Pa. Career Link offices.  Some offices have specifically trained career counselors who work with eligible individuals. The offices below handle WIOA and TAA funding. 

Pa. Careerlink® DOWNTOWN Pittsburgh
Mon. – Wed. Fri: 8:30 – 4:15, Thurs: 9:00 – 4:15
304 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-552-7100 

PA Careerlink® ALLEGHENY EAST
Mon. – Wed. Fri: 8:30 – 4:15, Thurs: 9:00 – 4:15
2040 Ardmore Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412-436-2225 

Serving Armstrong, Butler, and Indiana Counties:
Tri-County Workforce Investment Board
112 Hollywood Drive, Suite 201
Butler, PA 16001
724-282-9331 

If you reside in a different county, your county Career Link office should have information to obtain WIOA funding to attend the Paralegal Institute.  The Paralegal Institute is on the Pennsylvania list of approved education providers. 

Under qualifying circumstances, students may receive funding through Occupational Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Please contact the appropriate agency to determine eligibility and how to apply for these funds.

 

Registering for Courses Over Multiple Terms

Generally, students may take up to several years to complete the program.  This allows students to spread the tuition costs over time.  Most evening students take an average of two courses per eleven-week term.  Others may take only one course per term.  The number of courses a student takes is an individual choice.  

 

Scholarships

The Paralegal Institute offers its own Genevieve A. Mealy Scholarship and distributes information throughout the year about scholarships offered through the Lambda Epsilon Chi National Paralegal Honor Society, the American Association for Paralegal Education, the Pittsburgh Paralegal Association, the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and other outside sources. 

Read about scholarships for the Paralegal Institute studies.