CollegeCalc Highest List Price Rank - 97th

Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Tuition for Syracuse University is $45,150 for the 2018/2019 academic year. This is 76% more expensive than the national average private non-profit four year college tuition of $28,471. Syracuse University is one of the 100 most expensive colleges in the America, coming in 97th on our Expensive 100 Ranking. The cost is 120% more expensive than the average New York tuition of $22,793 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 169th in New York amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 17th most expensive 4 year college in the state. Price does not vary by residence.

The school charges an additional fees of $1,605 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $46,755.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,558 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Syracuse should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,469.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $1,698 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $1,698 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The annual tuition and living expense budget to go to Syracuse University was $65,480 for the 2018/2019 academic year. The cost is the same for all students regardless of New York residence status as there is no in-state discount.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Syracuse University and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Syracuse University
Estimated Budgets
New York Resident Total Budget $65,480
   In-State Tuition$45,150
   Other Fees$1,605
   Room and Board$15,558
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,698
   Books and Supplies$1,469
Non-Resident Total Budget $65,480
   Out-of-State Tuition$45,150
   Other Fees$1,605
   Room and Board$15,558
   On-Campus Other Budget$1,698
   Books and Supplies$1,469


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $65,480 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Syracuse University net price for in-state students is $29,621* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

68% of Syracuse University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $27,829. 24 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,460. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Syracuse University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Syracuse University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$29,621*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid68%
Average Total Grant Aid$27,829
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants24%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,460

Average Net Price by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$18,149
$30,001 to $48,000$20,768
$48,001 to $75,000$24,795
$75,001 to $110,000$30,228

Average Financial Aid Mix - $65,480 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $65,480. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 44% - $27,829

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Syracuse University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 10% - $6,608

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $29,345

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Syracuse University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 84/100 for Syracuse University. Considering an average net price paid of $27,994, this leads to an overall value ranking of 64/100. This places the school 164th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Private Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Syracuse University
Hobart William Smith Colleges15.9% more expensive
Rochester Institute of Technology12.5% less expensive
Muhlenberg College11% more expensive
Sarah Lawrence College16.5% more expensive
Yeshiva University11.4% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Syracuse University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Syracuse University is $261,920 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $27,994 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $111,976**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $327,400 or $139,970 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Syracuse University.

New York Resident Tuition Per Semester$22,575
New York Resident Total Cost Per Semester$32,740

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Syracuse University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Syracuse University
Price per credit hour$1,966
Cost for one class (3 credit hours)$5,898
Cost for one class (4 credit hours)$7,864


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 56% of Syracuse University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $6,608. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $33,504.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Syracuse University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $111,976, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $138,936.54. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Syracuse University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 68% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $27,994. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Syracuse University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Syracuse University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$1,157.80
Amount Borrowed$111,976.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$26,960.54
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$138,936.54

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Syracuse University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Syracuse University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $138,936.54 would be needed to afford a $1,157.80 monthly payment in the example $111,976.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Syracuse University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $37,610 to $45,150. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 4%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current 4 year cost of $261,920.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Syracuse University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$90,050$360,201
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$114,930$459,718
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $146,682$586,730
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $169,803$679,213

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Syracuse University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 73 70% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 72 76% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 66 37% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 62 80% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 51 69% costlier
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management Bachelor's Degree 50 69% costlier
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 47 58% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 54% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 37 57% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 36 54% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 36 84% costlier
Interior Architecture Bachelor's Degree 36 66% costlier
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 35 41% costlier
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 34 62% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 34 46% costlier
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 32 68% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 31 70% costlier
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 30 69% costlier
Public Administration Bachelor's Degree 28 92% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 27 90% costlier
History, General Bachelor's Degree 26 60% costlier
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 25 28% costlier
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering Bachelor's Degree 23 44% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 22 82% costlier
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 20 39% costlier
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 20 77% costlier
Cinematography and Film/Video Production Bachelor's Degree 19 54% costlier
Visual and Performing Arts, Other Bachelor's Degree 19 37% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 18 64% costlier
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 55% costlier
Chemical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 17 43% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 14 52% costlier
Computer Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 14 55% costlier
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 73% costlier
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 13 76% costlier
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 12 60% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 11 59% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 10 87% costlier
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering Bachelor's Degree 10 38% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 9 77% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 9 49% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 8 58% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 8 45% costlier
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Bachelor's Degree 8 87% costlier
Physical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 53% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 7 195% costlier
Commercial and Advertising Art Bachelor's Degree 7 73% costlier
Information Science/Studies Bachelor's Degree 7 67% costlier
Transportation and Materials Moving, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 3% costlier
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 7 80% costlier
Photography Bachelor's Degree 6 46% costlier
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 44% costlier
Fine/Studio Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 5 52% costlier
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 39% costlier
Education, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 74% costlier
Legal Professions and Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 57% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 4 33% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 4 45% costlier
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 4 32% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 4 62% costlier
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 26% costlier
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 65% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 63% costlier
Humanities/Humanistic Studies Bachelor's Degree 4 53% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 3 1% cheaper
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 110% costlier
Health and Wellness, General Bachelor's Degree 2 82% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 2 76% costlier
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 2 77% costlier
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 2 63% costlier
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 2 85% costlier
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 2 70% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 76% costlier
Near and Middle Eastern Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 9% costlier
English Literature (British and Commonwealth) Bachelor's Degree 2 42% costlier
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 2 42% costlier
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 40% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 38% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 25% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 1 57% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 23% costlier
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 42% costlier
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Bachelor's Degree 1 52% costlier
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 48% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 1 77% costlier
Russian Studies Bachelor's Degree 1 17% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 1 59% costlier
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology Bachelor's Degree 1 11% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 1 39% costlier
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 1 57% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 1 14% costlier
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General Bachelor's Degree 1 64% costlier
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 1 54% costlier
Human Development and Family Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 1 77% costlier


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About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a four year private college located in Syracuse, New York.  Full time enrollment is 19,153 and part time is 2,817. Learn more about getting accepted at Syracuse University at CollegeSimply.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Syracuse University
Crouse Hinds Hall- Suite 600
Syracuse, New York

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Syracuse University is a private not for profit institution.

Syracuse University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=196413 IPEDS survey data.