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Tuition Benefits

Syracuse University offers tuition benefits, including Tuition Exchange and the SU ESF Grant, to eligiible dependents of faculty and staff.

Students who receive a tuition benefit based on a parent’s employment will have their need-based Syracuse University Grant reduced by the amount of that tuition benefit.

Note: Syracuse University scholarships are tuition specific and may be combined with other tuition specific awards (including those outside of Syracuse University), not to exceed the amount of tuition for each year. If you are a Syracuse University Dependent Tuition Benefit (DTB) eligible student receiving less than 100 percent benefit, or eligible to receive a Tuition Exchange award, your Syracuse merit-based scholarship may be combined with your Dependent Tuition Benefit or Tuition Exchange award, up to the cost of full tuition. If you receive 100 percent tuition benefit from the Syracuse DTB program, you will receive a merit-based scholarship in name only, as your scholarship is already included in your Dependent Benefit funding.

Tuition Exchange

Syracuse University is a member of The Tuition Exchange which allows dependents of our faculty and staff to apply for competitive scholarships to other member institutions—more than 660 colleges and universities.

Students who are eligible through their parent/guardian’s employers to apply for Tuition Exchange and who wish to apply to Syracuse University should see the Tuition Exchange liaison at his/her sponsor college for more information. Visit  The Tuition Exchange to determine the amount of the award. The Tuition Exchange process is separate from the admissions process. Learn more about the Syracuse University admissions process .


Eligibility to participate in the Tuition Exchange program is determined by Syracuse University’s Office of Human Resources . Students must meet all academic and admission requirements and expect to enroll, or already be enrolled, in a program of study leading to their first bachelor’s degree. Eligible dependents are sponsored for a maximum of four years (8 semesters or 12 quarters) of full-time undergraduate study. Summer sessions are excluded from this scholarship.

Eligibility does not guarantee an award. Each individual institution determines its admission criteria, the number of scholarships offered, and the timeline for its process. Students should contact the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer of prospective colleges for deadlines and criteria used in awarding these competitive scholarships.


The amount of the scholarship is determined by the tuition charged by each individual institution. There is a minimum amount set by the Tuition Exchange and many scholarships cover full tuition. Schools with tuition rates higher than this amount may opt to award only the minimum. Student fees, course fees, books, course overloads, and room and board are not included. Full-time enrollment is required by all institutions. Some schools may have additional requirements.

Application Process

  1. You and your student should review the list of Tuition Exchange schools available at the Tuition Exchange .
  2. Contact the Office of Scholarship Programs via email at to request the names of the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officers at any school(s) you may be interested in.
  3. Begin the application process for each school.
  4. There are three separate steps to apply for the Tuition Exchange Scholarship:
    1. Visit Syracuse’s Office of Human Resources to find more information and to complete the following two forms for Dependent Benefit eligibility:

Note: Completion of any of these steps does not guarantee a scholarship to the school of your choice.

Notification and Acceptance

Your student will be notified of admission and/or a Tuition Exchange scholarship directly from the awarding institution. Many schools notify students shortly after admission and others wait until April 1.The student must accept or reject the offer within the guidelines and deadlines of that institution. We strongly encourage your student to contact every school he/she applied to as soon as he/she decides on a school, especially if your student is awarded a Tuition Exchange Scholarship at more than one school. Many schools are limited in the number of scholarships they are able to award and your notification to them could be very important to another student.


Eligible dependent(s) at Syracuse University must be re-certified each year. Download the Dependent Benefit Application from the Office of Human Resources and submit your completed application and required documentation to the Office of Human Resources, Skytop Office Building.

Dependent Tuition Benefits

The Syracuse University Dependent Tuition Benefit provides educational benefits to eligible dependents of eligible employees. Please note that the Dependent Tuition Benefit and any other tuition specific award, such as NYS TAP and merit scholarships, cannot combine to exceed the total amount of tuition. Please see the following examples for how the Dependent Tuition Benefit would work with TAP and Merit-Based Scholarships:

Merit-Based Scholarships

100% Dependent Tuition Benefit – Dependent Tuition Benefit will cover 100% of tuition and no merit-based scholarship will appear on the financial aid offer. If at any point the student is no longer eligible for the Dependent Tuition Benefit, the merit-based scholarship will be added back to the financial aid offer, as long as the student is still meeting the merit requirements.

90-95% Dependent Tuition Benefit - Dependent Tuition Benefit will cover 90-95% of tuition and the merit-based scholarship will cover up to the remaining 5-10% of tuition that was not covered. If at any point the student is no longer eligible for the Dependent Tuition Benefit, the merit-based scholarship will be added back to the financial aid offer in full, as long as the student is still meeting the merit requirements.

NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

100% Dependent Tuition Benefit – Dependent Tuition Benefit will be reduced by NYS TAP and the total of both awards will equal the full amount of tuition.

90- 95% Dependent Tuition Benefit – TAP will be applied toward tuition first and if the TAP amount exceeds the 5-10% of tuition that the Dependent Tuition Benefit was not going to cover, the Dependent Tuition Benefit will be reduced so that NYS TAP and the Dependent Tuition Benefit does not exceed the full amount of tuition.

Please note that you are required apply for the FAFSA and NYS TAP if you receive Dependent Tuition Benefit unless you are eligible for the requirement to be waived.

For more information about the Syracuse University Dependent Tuition policy and requirements for TAP and waiver, please visit the SU Human Resources site on Tuition Benefits.

SU ESF Grant

The Syracuse University ESF Grant provides educational grants to eligible dependents of eligible SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry employees.  This grant is administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs according to current financial aid awarding policies. 


Eligibility falls into two distinct groups:

  • Group 1: Dependents who were matriculated at Syracuse by fall 2010
  • Group 2: Dependents who were not matriculated at Syracuse by Fall 2010
    • Eligible Group 2 students receive an 85% tuition waiver inclusive of Federal Pell Grant, New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Grant, and Syracuse University Merit Scholarship.
    • Students are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.
    • A College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid PROFILE application must be filed if students wish to be considered for Syracuse University need-based financial aid.

Dependent eligibility is consistent with that of dependents of Syracuse employees.

Application Process

Applications may be obtained at the SUNY ESF Office of Human Resources.

  • Group 1:  Applications and policy for Group 1 dependents will remain consistent with the policy for grandfathered dependents of Syracuse employees.
  • Group 2:  Applications for Group 2 dependents should be submitted to:
    • Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
      200 Bowne Hall
      Syracuse, NY 13244

SUNY ESF employees are required to confirm eligibility for the Syracuse University ESF Grant annually.

Questions relating to both Group 1 and 2 dependents should be directed to Ellen Boone, Assistant Director of Syracuse University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs.