Using Your Benefits

Duquesne University abides by the participant standards outlined in the DoD Voluntary Education Memorandum of Understanding.

Yellow Ribbon Program

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Duquesne University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program). The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For clarification of the details of the Yellow Ribbon program, call our VA Work Study Office to speak to a Student Veteran. 412.396.2135.  Download more information.

Post 911 GI Bill®

The Post- 9/11 GI Bill® is an education benefit program for individuals who served on active duty after September 10, 2001. ("GI Bill®" is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

You may be eligible if you served at least 90 aggregate days on active duty after September 10, 2001, or were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability after serving 30 continuous days following September 10, 2001.

Note: Children of a member of the Armed Forces who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001, may be eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill® benefits under the Marine Gunnery John David Fry Scholarship Program.

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Watch an overview video of the Post 911 GI Bill® from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Montgomery GI Bill®

The Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty (MGIB-AD) For active duty members who enroll and pay $100 per month for 12 months and are then entitled to receive a monthly education benefit once they have completed a minimum service obligation.

Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) For Reservists with a six-year obligation in the Selected Reserve who are actively drilling.

MGIB Documentation

  • Certificate of Eligibility for all veterans
  • Most recent DD214 for veterans who are not on active duty
  • If you have used your benefits at another school, form 22-1995: Change of Program or Place of Training
  • Notification to Duquesne's certifying official is required for each semester of enrollment.

Upon receipt of this documentation, the Office of the Registrar will contact the Department of Veterans Affairs to process your benefits information for the semester. Please feel free to contact Kathy Scheer in the Office of the Registrar at 412.396.6211, or if you have any questions about using your veteran's educational benefits at Duquesne.

Students who receive Chapter 33/Post 911 cannot receive non-federal aid (i.e. Academic Scholarship, Duquesne Grant, Tuition Remission, etc.) to exceed the billable tuition and fee charges of the school of enrollment in combination with Chapter 33/Post-9/11 funding.

Student Veterans Using the Veterans Administration Benefits

Duquesne University adheres to the rules stipulated by the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, section 3679 of title 38, United States Code. Therefore, student veterans or dependents of veterans utilizing Ch. 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill or Ch. 31 Voc-Rehab benefits will not be affected by penalties imposed due to an overdue balance unless the remaining balance is owed by the student and not covered under VA benefits.

Any such unpaid balance may be assessed a 1.5% late payment fee each month, and the University may impose the specific penalties listed below for the charges owed solely by the student:

Penalties (Holds)
• A financial hold will be placed on any delinquent student account that is above the Tuition Hold Policy.
• Holds can delay registration, room assignments, official transcript release and the issuance of diplomas.
• Holds can be resolved by paying in full, or contacting Student Accounts.

Tuition Assistance

Military service members currently serving may opt to use Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) to fund their education. The various Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Programs include:

Service members who are planning on using Tuition Assistance should discuss enrollment with their Education Services Office to more fully understand the Tuition Assistance Program for their specific service branch.

For questions regarding the use of your Tuition Assistance benefit at Duquesne, please contact Karen Hartupee in Student Accounts at 412.396.6588, or

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