Admissions & Finances

Need-Based Financial Aid

Students lying in grass next to Lincoln statue on Maxwell quadSyracuse University encourages all graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens to apply for any aid for which they are eligible. Need-based aid at S.U. consists of loan programs and work-study assignments.

Graduate students sometimes find they qualify for need-based aid for which they previously had not been eligible.

To apply for need-based aid, graduate applicants who are U.S. citizens first must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); find it online at

The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after October 1 of the year preceding enrollment for summer or fall admission. (The Syracuse University code to enter on the FAFSA form is 002882.) Applicants should not wait for an admission decision before filing. After financial information has been received by the Office of Financial Aid, further instructions will be sent to the applicant's permanent address.