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​Cost of Attendance for Graduate Students

The cost of attendance is an estimate of what it will cost for a graduate student to attend Syracuse University for an academic year.

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The Cost of Attendance includes expenses for the graduate student alone and cannot be increased to cover living expenses of other family members. The family expenses are taken into consideration by the federal methodology formula used to calculate your Expected Family contribution (EFC) as reflected on your FAFSA.

The total of all student financial assistance cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance.

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There are two types of expenses that make up the cost of attendance:

Direct Expenses

Direct expenses are costs that you pay directly to Syracuse University through the Bursar’s Office. Examples of direct expenses include tuition, fees, room (if you live on campus), and meals (if you select a meal plan). The Cost of Attendance uses a blended room and meal rate, as living arrangements and costs vary. Your actual housing and meal charges will depend on the type of housing and meal plan you select. You will be billed for the actual charges of your room and meal plan selection, which may be different than the amount listed in the Cost of Attendance.

Indirect Expenses

Indirect expenses are not billed by Syracuse University; however, estimates for these expenses are included in the Cost of Attendance for your planning purposes. Examples of indirect expenses include books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Please note that these are only estimates, your actual indirect expenses may be different. (For example, if you live close to Syracuse, your actual transportation expenses to go home during breaks will be much lower than the amount listed in the Cost of Attendance.)

Cost of Attendance for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Direct (Billable) Costs
Other Indirect Expenses (Average)
Books & Supplies
Personal Expenses
Loan Fee
Subtotal (without health insurance)
Health Insurance
Total Cost of Attendance
*Most graduate students are charged tuition at a rate of $1,734 per credit hour. The above estimate is based on 18 credit hours for the academic year. **This loan fee is charged by the Department of Education. It is a percentage of the loan amount, and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement. ***This mandatory fee may be waived if student has adequate private health insurance.

Cost of Attendance for Online Quarter Term Graduate Programs

The following is the cost of attendance for one 12 week quarter (Fall, Winter, and Spring) with registration for six (6) credit hours:

Books and Supplies
Loan fee
*The tuition figure listed above applies to most graduate online programs, with the following exceptions: Communications@Syracuse $11,784; ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse $11,784; DataScience@Syracuse $10,692.

**This loan fee is charged by the Department of Education. It is a percentage of the loan amount, and is proportionately deducted from each loan disbursement.

Cost of Attendance for Online Semester Term Programs

The following is an estimated cost of attendance for one 15 week full semester with registration beginning summer 2021 with six credit hours which may be subject to change:

Books & Supplies
Loan Fees