Tuition Benefits

Tuition Exchange

Syracuse University is a member of The Tuition Exchange which allows dependents of our faculty and staff to apply for competitive scholarships to other member institutions – more than 660 colleges and universities.

Students who are eligible through their parent/guardian’s employers to apply for Tuition Exchange and who wish to apply to Syracuse University should see the Tuition Exchange liaison at his/her sponsor college for more information. Visit The Tuition Exchange to determine the amount of the award. The Tuition Exchange process is separate from the admissions process. Admissions information may be obtained by contacting the SU Office of Admissions.


Eligibility to participate in the Tuition Exchange program is determined by Syracuse University’s Office of Human Resources. Students must meet all academic and admission requirements and expect to, or already be enrolled, in a program of study leading to their first bachelor’s degree. Eligible dependents are sponsored for a maximum of four years (8 semesters or 12 quarters) of full-time undergraduate study. Summer sessions are excluded from this scholarship.

Eligibility does not guarantee an award. Each individual institution determines its admission criteria, the number of scholarships offered, and the timeline for its process. Students should contact the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officer of prospective colleges for deadlines and criteria used in awarding these competitive scholarships.


The amount of the scholarship is determined by the tuition charged by each individual institution. There is a minimum amount set by the Tuition Exchange and many scholarships cover full tuition. Schools with tuition rates higher than this amount may opt to award only the minimum. Student fees, course fees, books, course overloads, and room and board are not included. Full-time enrollment is required by all institutions. Some schools may have additional requirements.

Application Process

  1. You and your student should review the list of Tuition Exchange schools available at the Tuition Exchange.
  2. Contact the Office of Scholarship Programs via email at to request the names of the Tuition Exchange Liaison Officers at any school(s) you may be interested in.
  3. Begin the application process for each school.
  4. There are three separate steps to apply for the Tuition Exchange Scholarship:

A. Visit SU’s Office of Human Resources to find more information and to complete the following two forms for Dependent Benefit eligibility:
The Tuition Exchange Application

The Dependent Benefits Application

B. Apply for admission to the school(s) of choice and the Tuition Exchange Scholarship at the same time (usually late fall of the dependent’s senior year of high school). Filing for Tuition Exchange Scholarship eligibility before applying for admission is encouraged.

C. Upon dependent eligibility certification, the Office of Human Resources files the Tuition Exchange Scholarship Application(s) with the Office of Scholarship Programs. Scholarship Programs will then submit the Tuition Exchange Applications to the requested schools and the families are notified via an email or letter that their applications were submitted.

Please note: Completion of any of these steps does not guarantee a scholarship to the school of your choice.

Notification and Acceptance

Your student will be notified of admission and/or a Tuition Exchange scholarship directly from the awarding institution. Many schools notify students shortly after admission and others wait until April 1.The student must accept or reject the offer within the guidelines and deadlines of that institution. We strongly encourage your student to contact every school he/she applied to as soon as he/she decides on a school, especially if your student is awarded a Tuition Exchange Scholarship at more than one school. Many schools are limited in the number of scholarships they are able to award and your notification to them could be very important to another student.


Eligible dependent(s) at Syracuse University must be re-certified each year. Download the Dependent Benefit Application from the Office of Human Resources and submit your completed application and required documentation to the Office of Human Resources, Skytop Office Building.

Dependent Tuition Benefits

The Syracuse University Dependent Tuition Benefit provides educational benefits to eligible dependents of eligible employees. Visit the SU Human Resources site for details on these programs.

SU ESF Grant

The Syracuse University ESF Grant provides educational grants to eligible dependents of eligible SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry employees.  This grant is administered by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs according to current financial aid awarding policies.


Eligibility falls into two distinct groups:

  • Dependents who were matriculated at SU by fall 2010 (Group 1)
  • Dependents who were not matriculated at SU by Fall 2010 (Group 2)
    • Eligible Group 2 students receive an 85% tuition waiver inclusive of Federal Pell Grant, New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) Grant, and Syracuse University Merit Scholarship.
    • Students are required to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually.
    • A College Scholarship Service/Financial Aid PROFILE application must be filed if students wish to be considered for Syracuse University need-based financial aid.

Dependent eligibility is consistent with that of dependents of SU employees.

Group 1 – applications and policy for Group 1 dependents will remain consistent with the policy for grandfathered dependents of SU employees.

Group 2 – applications for Group 2 dependents should be submitted to:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs
200 Bowne Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

  • SUNY ESF employees are required to confirm eligibility for the Syracuse University ESF Grant annually.
  • SU ESF Grant is for fall and spring terms only.
  • Applications may be obtained at the SUNY ESF Office of Human Resources.
  • Questions relating to both Group 1 and 2 dependents should be directed to Stephanie Barlow, Assistant Director of Syracuse University Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs.