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Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates

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

Last year, around 76% of Syracuse University undergraduate students received some form of financial support totaling $395 million, with nearly $282 million of that being awarded by Syracuse in the form of grants and scholarships.

The cost of attendance may vary based on your program of study and program fees. Charges for tuition, housing, meals, and fees are subject to an annual increase to secure the highest quality instruction, facilities, programs, and services. The University considers carefully all increases in fees to ensure that they are reasonable. Students and families should plan for annual cost increases and be prepared for the financial commitment.

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 for undergraduates:

Direct Expenses

Direct expenses are costs that you pay directly to Syracuse University through the Bursar’s Office. Examples of direct expenses include Syracuse tuition, fees, as well as housing and the meal plan, should you choose them. 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 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 in order to help you plan your budget. 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.


2020-2021 Cost of Attendance of Students Enrolled after Fall 2018

Direct (billable) costs
Tuition
$54,270
Housing & meals (average)
$16,356
Miscellaneous fees
$1,656
Total direct cost
$72,282
Non-billable costs (average)
Books & supplies
$1,564
Transportation
$711
Personal expenses
$1,095
Total non-billable costs
$3,370
Subtotal (without health insurance)
$75,652
Health insurance
$1,927*
Total cost of attendance
$77,579

*This mandatory fee may be waived if student has adequate private health insurance.

2020-2021 Cost of Attendance of Students Enrolled before Fall 2018

Direct (billable) costs
Tuition
$50,700
Housing & meals (average)
$16,728
Miscellaneous fees
$1,656
Total direct cost
$69,084
Non-billable costs (average)
Books & supplies
$1,564
Transportation
$711
Personal expenses
$1,095
Total non-billable costs
$3,370
Subtotal (without health insurance)
$72,454
Health insurance
$1,927*
Total cost of attendance
$74,381

*This mandatory fee may be waived if student has adequate private health insurance.

University College

Syracuse’s University College is the entrance point for part-time students whose goal is to pursue a degree or earn a certificate or credential from any of Syracuse’s schools and colleges. It’s also the home of students who are not pursuing a Syracuse degree but are interested in continuing education for professional development.

View more information on part-time cost of attendance.