​Cost and Aid for Veterans

Syracuse University is committed to supporting those who have served our country.

Air Force ROTC cadets stand at attention in the Carrier Dome

If you are a veteran, Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran Success will assist you with Veterans Affairs (VA) and provide a welcoming space for you and your family on campus.

Visit the Office of Veteran Success to utilize your veterans benefits and get the documentation you’ll need to begin the certification process. It is important that you report your status as a veteran to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, as federal, state and institutional financial aid is coordinated through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, in conjunction with information received from the Office of Veteran Success.

All veteran awards must be considered when determining university need-based grant funds and tuition-specific awards.

Speak with a financial aid counselor

Yellow Ribbon Benefits

Veterans or Dependents with Transferred Benefits: Do you have 100% Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits? If so, your bill for tuition + mandatory fees = $0!

Full-Time Annual Undergraduate Tuition: $45,150*

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefit: $22,805
  • Syracuse Yellow Ribbon Match: $11,172
  • VA Yellow Ribbon Match: $11,172

*based on 2017–2018 estimated tuition

As a beneficiary of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, you may be automatically eligible for the
Yellow Ribbon program. Eligibility is at the 100 percent rate and is not affected by the number of students exercising the Yellow Ribbon benefit at Syracuse University.

Start by applying with the VA through e-Benefits. Then, submit your letter of eligibility and the University’s “Request for Certification” to the Office of Veteran Success.

Other Benefits

In addition, you may be eligible for:

  • a book stipend;
  • tutoring coverage; and
  • a $3,000 housing grant for veterans through Syracuse University in addition to your monthly housing allowance (for on-campus housing only).


For questions about VA Educational benefits, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve GI Bill or Dependent Educational Assistance, contact the Office of Veteran Success at veterans@syr.edu. For questions about VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment or Department of Defense Tuition Assistance, please contact the Bursar’s Office at bursar@syr.edu.

How Your Veterans Educational Benefit May Affect Your Financial Aid

If you file your financial aid applications before you know the amount of your actual veterans educational benefits, you will receive an estimated financial aid award based on non-eligibility for VA funding.

Once notification of your actual veteran’s benefits is received, your financial aid award may be recalculated. Veterans benefits do not affect federal financial aid but they may change state and institutional aid eligibility, as well as private/alternative loans. You will be notified of any changes to your award via email.

If you are a Syracuse University merit scholarship recipient, this scholarship may be combined with other tuition-based awards, such as your veterans benefits or state grants, but cannot exceed the cost of tuition. In addition, if you are receiving Syracuse University need-based grant, scholarship, or private/alternative loan, your total financial aid package cannot exceed the cost of attendance.

The chart below illustrates how an aid package may change once the University is notified of veterans benefit eligibility.

100% Yellow Ribbon Veterans Awards and Changes - Undergraduate Student

Original awardVeterans award
Cost of attendance*Original award
Veterans award
Federal Pell grantOriginal award
Veterans award
Federal SEOGOriginal award
Veterans award
Federal Work-StudyOriginal award
Veterans award
Federal Direct Subsidized loanOriginal award
Veterans award
Federal Direct Unsubsidized loanOriginal award
Veterans award
Syracuse University grantOriginal award
Veterans award
Phi Theta Kappa scholarshipOriginal award
Veterans award
Veterans Post 9/11 Tuition grantOriginal award
Veterans award
Syracuse Grant Yellow Ribbon MatchOriginal award
Veterans award
Total AidOriginal award
Veterans award

Financial Aid Application Requirements

  • CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE (undergraduates wishing to apply for Syracuse University Grant)
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Certificate of Eligibility, found on your MySlice Financial Aid To Do List
  • Request for Veterans Benefits, found on your MySlice Financial Aid To Do List
  • Merit-based scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students at the time of admission to recognize prior academic achievement; no separate application is required.

Funds are limited, so it is important that you meet financial aid filing deadlines. Late applications may be awarded on a funds-available basis.

Special Programs

Green to Gold (G2G)

The Green to Gold program offered through Syracuse University's Army ROTC program provides eligible soldiers an opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree and earn a commission as an Army Officer.

There are three Green to Gold options available.

  1. Green to Gold ROTC Scholarship Options:
    • National Board Scholarship
    • Commanding General's Hip-Pocket Scholarship
  2. Active-Duty Option
  3. Non-Scholarship Option

Soldiers interested in any of these options should apply simultaneously to Syracuse University. You will need to submit the Green to Gold - Admissions Processing Form [PDF, 361KB] along with your application materials.

For more information about the G2G program, contact Eric Schaertl in Syracuse University's Army ROTC Offices at eschaert@syr.edu.