​Cost and Aid for Veterans

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

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

Visit the Veterans Resource Center 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 Veteran Resource Center.

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

Speak with a financial aid counselor


Managing Your Application

After you’ve applied for admission, you’ll receive instructions for accessing MySlice, your secure virtual gateway to life at Syracuse. Your MySlice Financial Aid To Do List will house your financial aid application requirements.

Begin the federal aid application process by following the instructions on your To Do List. Your official notice of aid will also be viewable on MySlice.


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.


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 award Veterans award
Cost of attendance* Original award

$61,242
Veterans award

$61,242
Federal Pell grant Original award

$5,775
Veterans award

$5,775
Federal SEOG Original award

$1,000
Veterans award

$1,000
Federal Work-Study Original award

$3,200
Veterans award

$3,200
Federal Direct Subsidized loan Original award

$5,500
Veterans award

$5,500
Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan Original award

$7,000
Veterans award

$7,000
Syracuse University grant Original award

$18,800
Veterans award

$0
Phi Theta Kappa scholarship Original award

$2,000
Veterans award

$0
Veterans Post 9/11 Tuition grant Original award

$0
Veterans award

$30,818
Syracuse Grant Yellow Ribbon Match Original award

$0
Veterans award

$12,500
TOTAL AID Original award

$43,275
Veterans award

$65,793

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, 111KB] 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.