Syracuse University

Financial Aid

International Students


Financial Aid for International Students

Syracuse University welcomes students from more than 130 countries from around the world.

An international student is a non-resident alien on a non-immigrant visa which permits full time study in the United States. You must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen (permanent resident) to receive federal financial aid. Please note: Students who have a "Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence" (Forms I-171 or I-464) or an "Application for Voluntary Departure Under the Family Unity Program" (Form I-797) are NOT eligible for federal financial aid.

Undergraduate International Students

Syracuse University offers merit-based-scholarships in recognition of exceptional academic and personal achievement. Selection is made by the Office of Admission and eligibility is based on academic credentials. Eligible students will be notified after they are admitted to Syracuse University.

Financial Aid for International Graduate and Certificate of Advance Study Programs

Syracuse University's academic departments and programs may offer students grants, scholarships, assistantships, fellowships and prizes. International students should contact the program or department for information about the availability of merit awards.

Cost of Attendance
International Undergraduate Students

The estimated cost of attendance is provided so you may make informed and appropriate plans for financing your education. After financial aid awards are taken into consideration, you're expected to meet all remaining needs. Syracuse University uses a blended room and board rate to determine financial aid eligibility.

The cost of attendance may vary due to program of study and program fees.

Billable Costs Other Expenses (average)
Tuition $40,380 Books & Supplies $1,376
Housing & Meals 14,460 Personal Expenses & Transportation 4,500
Miscellaneous Fees 1,508 Health Insurance 1,332
Program Fees 1,000
Total $57,348 Total $7,208
Total Cost of Attendance $64,556

Charges for tuition, housing, meals and fees are subject to increase annually. Such cost increases are necessary to secure the highest quality instruction, facilities, programs, and services for students. The University considers carefully all increases in fees to ensure that they are reasonable. It is important for students and families to plan for annual cost increases and to be prepared for the financial commitment.

To learn more about the above programs, email us, or telephone our office at (315) 443-1513.

International Students

As an international student, the Lillian and Emanuel Slutzker Center for International Services is the office that will help to ensure your success at SU. The Slutzker Center offers supportive services and programming to international students and their families.


Consult your home country's banks and embassy/ministry of education for information about possible financing opportunities and loan programs.

Loans for International Students

Loans for International Students with U.S. Cosigner

Other Resources

Check these publications and websites for more information about international student financial aid:

Institute for International Education

International Education Financial Aid

Canadian Students

The government of Canada offers loan programs in partnership with the student's province of residence:

Financial Aid Terminology

Don't recognize a certain term?  Visit our Financial Aid Terminology page for a comprehensive set of financial aid definitions.