Office of Financial Aid

Financial Aid, Student
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 1213, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-4570
Fax: 315 464-8867

The Office of Financial Aid provides financial assistance to students whose personal and family resources are not adequate to cover the expenses involved in attending SUNY Upstate Medical University. Financial assistance is provided through loans, grants, scholarships, and student employment.

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to:

  • Assisting students and families in the achievement of their postsecondary educational goals by making every effort to remove financial barriers.
  • Providing financial assistance to all eligible students who qualify based on the availability of funds and demonstrated financial need.
  • Providing access to financial resources in a fair, sensitive and confidential manner.
  • Inform and educate students and their families about their financial options in an accurate, equitable and timely manner while complying with federal, state and institutional guidelines and regulations.

We understand that applying for financial aid might seem a little bit overwhelming, especially if this is the first time you have ever applied. We want to make the financing phase of your educational experience as stress-free as possible by assisting you every step of the way so that you can concentrate on succeeding in your medical studies. Therefore, we encourage you to meet individually with a Financial Aid Advisor in the Financial Aid Office. We will explain what financial aid programs are available, walk you through the application process, and answer all of your questions. We can be reached at 315 464-4570 or email We look forward to meeting you and helping you to take advantage of all the assistance available to you.

This website will also help you learn more. The pages listed below and in the left-column menu will provide you with a wealth of information about financial aid programs, explain the application process, and describe your rights and responsibilities. You can follow the easy instructions to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online External Icon. There are also some very useful tools to help students learn how to manage their personal budgets and finances.

Financial Aid Programs Available at SUNY Upstate Medical University

This page gives basic information about each Federal Student Aid assistance program available to students at SUNY Upstate Medical University, along with helpful links to more detailed information from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more...

Veterans Educational Benefits Programs

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services may be eligible for educational benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). SUNY Upstate Medical University is approved for the training of Veterans and other individuals and participates in the educational benefits programs offered to Veterans (and certain dependents of Veterans). This page provides a link to the VA's on-line application portal. Read more...

Rights and Responsibilities of Federal Student Financial Aid Recipients

Students who apply for financial aid (and the colleges that administer the aid programs) are subject to a number of "rules". Students also have certain rights, including the right to most of the information on this website. This page highlights the student's rights and responsibilities and provides links to find more detailed information. Read more...

How to Apply for Federal Student Financial Aid

This page explains the application process for student financial aid and gives step-by-step instructions for completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Read more...

Student Loan Process and Requirements

If you are using student loans, there are certain electronic processes and documents you must file in order to comply with federal regulations. This page explains these processes and provides links to the appropriate federal websites. Read more...

SUNY Upstate Monthly Payment Plan

A monthly payment plan is available to assist students and families in meeting their financial obligations while attending SUNY Upstate Medical University.

Income Tax Credits for College Costs

Many students and parents are unaware of the U.S. federal income tax credits available to help families offset the cost of higher education. These tax breaks are only available to files of U.S. Income Tax Returns; however, they can go a long way to offset tuition costs for middle-income families. Read more...

Cost of Attendance and Net Price Calculator

Every college student (and parent of a college student) worries about costs. It is important to understand the breadth of college costs and to make a financial plan. This page contains information about costs and how to access an on-line estimator program for costs and financial aid. Read more...

Withdrawal, Leave of Absence, Tuition Refund and Return to Title IV (R2T4)

In the unlikely event a student needs to terminate his/her education at SUNY Upstate Medical University, students may be entitled to a full or partial refund of tuition, fees and other costs for the semester. Also, students who withdraw may lose eligibility for all or part of the financial aid already awarded to them, and that financial aid may need to be returned to the financial aid programs (Title IV) by the school and/or by the student. Read more...

Financial Literacy Training for SUNY Upstate Medical University Students

Financing a college education is one thing... having real financial skills to manage your personal finances, credit score, and family budget throughout your lifetime is another thing entirely. SUNY Upstate Medical University is dedicated to educating our students and alumni about their personal, financial management. Information regarding how we do this can be found here. Read more...