Syracuse University

Financial Aid - How to Apply

Graduate Students

Syracuse University has a variety of financial aid programs to support graduate study, including scholarships, assistantships, and fellowships. These programs are administered within each of the University’s academic departments, so the fastest and easiest way to determine what aid you may be eligible for is to connect with specific school or college staff.

Federal Unsubsidized Loans for masters, professional and doctoral students are available annually for up to $20,500, (see eligibility requirements). The Federal Direct Graduate PLUS loan is also offered as a financing option. You’ll need to apply for federal aid before the end of your term of enrollment.

After you’re admitted to SU for graduate/professional study, you’ll receive instructions for accessing MySlice, your secure virtual gateway to life at Syracuse. MySlice will house your SU Graduate Financial Aid Application and requirements, as well as a Financial Aid To Do List.

Begin the federal aid application process by following the instructions on your To Do List. Your official notice of aid administered through the Financial Aid Office will be viewable on your MySlice portal.

Students entering Syracuse University:
Summer 2015
, start at Step 1 below.
Fall 2015/spring 2016, start at Step 2 below.

Certificate of Advance Study programs (CAS) students, click here

Applying for Federal Financial Aid

Step 1: (for summer aid only)

  • Please complete a 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid by May 1st if your program begins in the summer, or if you plan to continue your enrollment for summer.
  • After filing the FAFSA, complete the SU Financial Aid Summer Graduate Application available in April on your MySlice To Do List.

Step 2: (for academic year aid)
Please file the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by July 1st for fall/spring aid. (If you filed the 2014-15 FAFSA for summer enrollment, and will continue through to the fall semester, you also will need to file the 2015-16 FAFSA for the academic year).

Step 3: Please complete the Syracuse University Graduate Financial Aid Application on your MySlice To Do List.

Step 4: When your completed FAFSA and Syracuse University Graduate Financial Aid Application are received, your MySlice Financial Aid will be updated with the amount(s) of your federal loan eligibility:

  • Students attending summer session will be updated beginning in April.
  • Students admitted for the fall semester will be updated beginning Mid-April 2015.
  • Currently enrolled students will be updated beginning Mid-June 2015.

Remember: You cannot apply for federal aid after the year or term you are attending has ended.

Dates and Deadlines

  • To be certain you receive the maximum amount of financial aid, it is important to meet our deadlines.


When filing the FAFSA you will need the following code:

FAFSA code: 002882

Summer Financial Aid

Find out more about financial aid for the summer.

College of Law

Information specific to the Syracuse University College of Law can be found at the Syracuse University College of Law Financial Aid Office.

Independent Study Degree Programs (ISDP)

The University College Financial Aid Office processes financial aid for the following:

  • Non-matriculated graduate students
  • ISDP (also called Distance Education) students required to attend a limited residency at SU, completing their coursework online