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Merit-based scholarships (money that does not need to be repaid) are awarded by the Admissions Committee to recognize prior academic achievement. You may be awarded one of these scholarships based on your academic credentials, performance on standardized tests, class rank, portfolio or audition results (if relevant), community and extracurricular involvement, and overall citizenship and character. Academic scholarships are awarded regardless of financial need.
Students awarded academic merit scholarships may view their scholarship award on their MySlice Financial Aid Award Letter, and the Shopping Sheet under “Grants and Scholarships to Pay for College.”
Merit-based scholarships are offered for the academic year only, half for fall and half for spring, and do not extend to summer sessions. If you enroll for only one semester, you will receive half of the annual award amount.
Syracuse University scholarships may be combined with other University-funded tuition awards, not to exceed the amount of tuition for each year. Students who receive tuition funding through other programs (Athletic Scholarship, Dependent Tuition, Tuition Exchange, etc.) are recognized as merit scholarship recipients but are not eligible to receive the monetary value of the scholarship.
Scholarships are awarded to first-year students for up to eight semesters of undergraduate enrollment. If you are enrolled in an approved five-year program, you will receive awards for up to 10 semesters.
The amount of the merit scholarship will remain constant each year for four years, providing any additional resources do not cause the award to exceed the Cost of Attendance. You do not have to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, or any other application to receive or renew a merit scholarship.
Renewal of scholarships awarded to transfer students is dependent upon program length and status (year in school) at the time of admission to Syracuse. For example, if you enroll in a four-year program, at the beginning of your sophomore year, you will be entitled to six semesters of scholarship, while if you enroll as a junior, you will be entitled to four semesters of scholarship.
In order to maintain your merit-based scholarship, you are required to fulfill three criteria:
- Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
- Enroll as a full-time Syracuse University undergraduate each semester
- Complete at least 12 credits per semester during the academic year (you will need to take an average of 15 credits each semester to graduate in four years)
You have three semesters to meet the GPA requirement. If your GPA falls below 2.75 after three semesters, the scholarship will not be renewed.
Syracuse University offers many resources to help you improve your academic standing. Contact Tutoring Services, or the Writing Center, to get one-on-one or small-group tutoring by graduate and undergraduate students.
- You must enroll full-time each semester in a University degree program for a minimum of 12 credits per semester.
- If you are graduating in December, you will receive half of the full-year scholarship, disbursed in the fall semester.
- If you withdraw or take a leave of absence from the University, your merit award will be cancelled until such time as you re-admit to the University.
- Students who return from a leave of absence after less than one academic year will have their scholarship automatically reinstated, provided they meet the academic and enrollment requirements.
- Students who return from a leave of absence after more than one academic year will be subject to review.
Please note: If you are not eligible to receive a merit-based scholarship, you may apply for Syracuse University’s Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarship, available after two years of study at Syracuse University. Annually, the University awards $6,000 scholarships to 11 upper-class students. Learn more about the Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarship.