Special Circumstances

Sometimes special circumstances can impact a student’s financial aid situation, including certain living arrangements or family situations that may change during your time at Syracuse University. This may result in the need to clarify your situation with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs. Explore below for further assistance or specifics that might apply to you. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

You have the right to appeal your financial aid decision if you feel there are extenuating circumstances.

Circumstances could include an unexpected loss in parental income or could involve a parent divorce, separation, or related matter.

If you are a non-traditional student and have been self-supporting for more than five years, you may be eligible to be considered independent.

If you live off-campus, your budget and how your financial aid is calculated does not change.  However, your bursar statement will not reflect your housing expenses, which you will need to pay directly to your landlord as outlined in your lease.

Being a Resident Advisor can impact your financial aid. To learn more please contact your financial aid counselor.

If you have exceptional expenses not already included in Syracuse University’s cost of attendance, we may be able to provide additional funding. Please contact your financial aid counselor to discuss the needed documentation and options for funding.