Financial Aid Literacy

University College of Syracuse University is committed to making a world-class education accessible to all admitted students.

Financial aid is offered in the form of merit-based scholarships, need­-based grants and student employment, as well as student and parent educational loans.

What financial aid forms are required?
To apply for federal and University College financial aid, file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) fafsa.gov (after October 1, 2019)

  • Syracuse University FAFSA code – 002882

How can I ensure that I am completing all required financial aid forms?
After you apply for admission, you’ll receive instructions for accessing your MySlice Financial Aid To-Do List, the secure virtual gateway to life at Syracuse University. This portal will keep you up-to-date on the financial aid application forms and documents you need to submit to the Financial Aid Office. Check it often to stay current on requirements and deadlines!

How do I apply for a merit-based scholarship?
Merit-based scholarships recognize prior academic achievement and are awarded to eligible students at the time of admission. You do not need to apply for financial aid to be considered for merit scholarships; merit scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need.

Read more at parttime.syr.edu/tuition-financial-aid/scholarships-grants and https://financialaid.syr.edu/scholarships/su/.

Should I wait until I am admitted before I apply for financial aid?
No. Financial aid awards are made on a funds-available basis, so it is important for you to file by the deadlines listed in the Timetable and Checklist section of this brochure. We are able to provide the best service when you apply for financial aid at the same time you submit your admissions application. That way, when an admissions decision is rendered, we can begin awarding at the soonest possible time.

Why should I use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool on the FAFSA?
When filing the FAFSA, use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to import income tax data directly into your FAFSA. This makes applying quicker, easier, and helps to avoid errors.

Will my financial aid awards renew annually?
It’s important that you file the FAFSA timely to ensure that you’ll be considered for all types of aid every year. If you meet all eligibility criteria, funding levels remain stable, and the information on your FAFSA does not change, your aid may renew in subsequent years.

However, changes in your family financial circumstance will affect your financial need and aid eligibility (for example, income, assets, number of household members attending college). Since the number of family members in college substantially reduces the family’s Expected Family Contribution for each student, changes in this number directly impact the amount of financial aid awarded.

If corrections are needed after filing the FAFSA, how can they be made?
Corrections to your FAFSA can be made by visiting fafsa.gov.

What if my family or I have special circumstances?
Special circumstances should be reported to your financial aid advisor by mail, email or fax.

  • If your last name begins with A-J, Sana’a El-Amir is your advisor.
  • If you last name begins with K-Z, Janet Lafata is your advisor.

David MacDonald is our Office Coordinator and Peg Stearns is our Director. All staff members are available to assist if your advisor is not available when you contact our office.