Syracuse University

Financial Aid

International Students


Affording SU: Financial Aid for International Students

An international student is a non-resident alien on a non-immigrant visa which permits full time study in the United States. A student must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident) to receive federal financial aid. Please note: Students who have a "Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence" (Forms I-171 or I-464) or an "Application for Voluntary Departure Under the Family Unity Program" (Form I-797) are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

Syracuse University welcomes accomplished students from across the world. Your perspectives and background enrich the learning experience for all SU students--and your degree will prepare you to succeed at home or wherever your future takes you.

Undergraduate International Students

As an international student, you are potentially eligible for two different types of financial aid:

Merit-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of exceptional academic and personal achievement. Selection is made by the Office of Admissions and eligibility is based on a student's academic credentials. Eligible students will be notified after they are admitted to Syracuse University.

Limited need-based awards are offered to students who are selected by the Office of Admissions and who demonstrate financial need through the College Scholarship Service (CSS) International PROFILE Application.

Financial Aid for International Graduate and Certificate of Advance Study Programs

Merit Awards

Syracuse University's academic departments and programs may offer students grants, scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and prizes. International students should contact the program or department at Syracuse University for information about the availability of merit awards. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs does not offer merit awards.

Cost of Attendance
International Undergraduate Students

The estimated cost of attendance is provided so you may make informed and appropriate plans for financing your University education. After financial aid awards are taken into consideration, you are expected to meet all remaining needs. The Office of Financial Aid recognizes that students at SU choose a variety of living arrangements; therefore, we use a blended room and board rate to determine financial aid eligibility.

The cost of attendance may vary due to program of study and program fees.

Billable Costs Other Expenses (average)
Tuition $40,380 Books & Supplies $1,376
Housing & Meals 14,460 Personal Expenses & Transportation 4,500
Miscellaneous Fees 1,508 Health Insurance 1,332
Program Fees 1,000
Total $57,348 Total $7,208
Total Cost of Attendance $64,556

Charges for tuition, housing, meals and fees are subject to increase annually. Such cost increases are necessary to secure the highest quality instruction, facilities, programs, and services for students. The University considers carefully all increases in fees to ensure that they are reasonable. It is important for students and families to plan for annual cost increases and to be prepared for the financial commitment.

To learn more about the above programs, email us, or telephone our office at (315) 443-1513.

International Students

For more information specific to Syracuse University visit the Slutzker Center for International Services.


Students should search their own country's banks, embassy and/or ministry of education as they may offer additional information about other financial aid opportunities and loan programs.

Loans for International Students

Loans for International Students with U.S. Cosigner

Other Resources

Additional information regarding the availability of financial aid for international students can be found in the following publications and web sites:

Institute for International Education

International Education Financial Aid

Canadian Students

The government of Canada offers loan programs in partnership with the province the student lives in:

Financial Aid Terminology

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