Cost of Attendance for Undergraduates

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

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 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.

Cost of Attendance for the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Direct (billable) costs
Direct (billable) costs


Direct (billable) costs

Housing & meals

Direct (billable) costs

Miscellaneous fees

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Total Direct Cost

Direct (billable) costs

Other indirect expenses (average)

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Books & supplies

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Direct (billable) costs

Personal expenses

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Total Indirect Expenses

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Subtotal (without health insurance)

Direct (billable) costs

Health insurance

Direct (billable) costs

Total cost of attendance


*The cost of the 2017-2018 student health plan is anticipated at $1672, which includes a $45 administrative fee. This mandatory fee may be waived if the student has qualifying health insurance. Read more about the student health insurance fee.

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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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.