Syracuse University

Financial Aid - How to Apply

Graduate Students

Syracuse University has a variety of financial aid programs to support graduate study, including scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. These programs are administered within each of the University’s academic departments, so the fastest and easiest way to determine what aid you may be eligible for is to connect with specific school or college staff. Federal Unsubsidized Loans for masters, professional and doctoral students are available for up to $20,500, (see eligibility requirements).

Federal financial aid, including loans, requires that you file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  You can start the federal application process by completing all the items found on your MySlice Financial Aid To Do List, after you have been admitted.

Students entering Syracuse University:
Summer 2014
, start at Step 1 below.
Fall 2014/spring 2015, start at Step 2 below.

Certificate of Advance Study programs (CAS) students, click here

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Step 1: (for summer aid only)
Complete a 2013-14 FAFSA by May 1st if your program begins in the summer, or if you plan to continue your enrollment for summer. After filing the FAFSA, complete the SU Financial Aid Summer Graduate Application available in April on your MySlice To Do List.

Step 2: (for academic year aid)
File the 2014-15 FAFSA by July 1st for fall/spring aid. (Students who filed the 2013-14 FAFSA for summer enrollment, and will continue through to the fall semester, will need to also file the 2014-15 FAFSA for the academic year).

Step 3: Complete the Syracuse University Graduate Financial Aid Application on your MySlice To Do List.

For entering students, this becomes available after you are officially admitted to your graduate program.

Step 4: Once we receive both your completed FAFSA and Syracuse University Graduate Financial Aid Application, we will update your MySlice Financial Aid with the amount(s) of your federal loan eligibility. Your MySlice Financial Aid is your official notice of aid administered by our office. Your MySlice Financial Aid will be updated as follows:

  • Students attending summer session will be updated beginning in April.
  • Students admitted for the fall semester will be updated beginning Mid-April 2014.
  • Currently enrolled students will be updated beginning Mid-June 2014.

Remember: You cannot apply for federal aid after the year or term you are attending has ended.

Dates and Deadlines

  • To be certain you receive the maximum amount of financial aid, it is important to meet our deadlines.


When filing the FAFSA you will need the following code:

FAFSA code: 002882

Summer Financial Aid

Read more information about financial aid for the summer.

Law College Students

The cost of attendance for students whose aid is administered through Syracuse University Law College  can be found at the Syracuse University College of Law Financial Aid Office.

Independent Study Degree Programs (ISDP)

The University College of Syracuse University Financial Aid Office processes financial aid for the following:

  • Non-matriculated graduate students
  • ISDP (also called Distance Education) students required to attend a limited residency at SU, completing their coursework online