The Cost of Attendance is an estimate of what it will cost to attend Syracuse University for an academic year.

There are two types of expenses that make up the Cost of Attendance:

Direct Expenses

Direct expenses are costs that you pay directly to Syracuse University through the Bursar’s Office. Examples of direct expenses include tuition, fees, room (if you live on campus), and meals (if you select a meal plan). The Cost of Attendance uses a blended room and meal rate, as living arrangements and costs vary. Your actual housing and meal charges will depend on the type of housing and meal plan you select. You will be billed for the actual charges of your room and meal plan selection, which may be different than the amount listed in the Cost of Attendance.

Indirect Expenses

Indirect expenses are not billed by Syracuse University; however, estimates for these expenses are included in the Cost of Attendance for your planning purposes. Examples of indirect expenses include books, supplies, transportation, and personal expenses. Please note that these are only estimates, your actual indirect expenses may be different. (For example, if you live close to Syracuse, your actual transportation expenses to go home during breaks will be much lower than the amount listed in the Cost of Attendance.)

The following chart lists the Cost of Attendance for the 2017-18 academic year.


Direct (Billable) Costs Other Indirect Expenses (Average)
Tuition $45,150 Books & Supplies $1,469
Housing & Meals $15,558 Transportation $668
Miscellaneous Fees $1,605 Personal Expenses $1,030
Total $62,313 Total $3,167
Subtotal (without health insurance) $65,480
Health Insurance $1,672*
Total Cost of Attendance $67,152


* The cost of the 2017-2018 student health plan is anticipated at $1,672, which includes a $45 administrative fee. This mandatory fee may be waived if the student has qualifying health insurance. Read more on the Student Health Insurance website.

The cost of attendance may vary based on your program of study and program fees. Charges for tuition, housing, meals, and fees are subject to an annual increase to secure the highest quality instruction, facilities, programs, and services. The University considers carefully all increases in fees to ensure that they are reasonable. Students and families should plan for annual cost increases and be prepared for the financial commitment.

The total of all student financial assistance cannot exceed the Cost of Attendance.

University College

SU’s University College is the entrance point for part-time students whose goal is to pursue a degree or earn a certificate or credential from any of SU’s schools and colleges. It’s also the home of students who are not pursuing an SU degree but are interested in continuing education for professional development.

University College Cost of Attendance