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Stipends, Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

This section provides an overview of the financial aspects of being a graduate student at Upstate.

For more information on stipends, tuition, tuition waivers, fees or financial aid, please contact either the Office of Financial Aid or the College of Graduate Studies office.

Financial Aid
Weiskotten Hall
Rm. 1213, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-4570
Fax: 315 464-8867
Email: finaid@upstate.edu
College of Graduate Studies
Weiskotten Hall
3122, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-4538
Fax: 315 464-4544
Email: biosci@upstate.edu


PhD students receive a competitive 12-month stipend of $26,572 and a full tuition scholarship.  By receiving stipends, PhD students become part of the SUNY Graduate Student Employees Union, which provides periodic and automatic increases in stipend awards in addition to other benefits including a low-cost health care package.


Students receiving a stipend are eligible for the Graduate Student Employee Health Insurance Program. The comprehensive health benefits include: coverage for medical services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; and mental health, dental and eye care. The cost for the plan, $16.76 biweekly for enrollee and $104.58 biweekly for family, is deducted from the stipend check.

See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admissions, Stipends, etc.



Full Time
(12 or more Credits Per Semester)
Part Time
(1 to 11 Credits Per Semester)
NYS Resident Non-Resident NYS Resident Non-Resident
MS $5,435/semester $11,105/semester $453/credit $925/credit
$11,105/semester $453/credit $925/credit

Please reference PhD Program Costs (above) for more info.


The following fees are charged annually to all students. Some students may pay additional fees depending on their program and year of study.

Activities Fee $180
Health Services Fee $309
Disability Insurance Fee $65
SUNY College Fee $25
Technology Fee $276

Books and Supplies

Costs for books and supplies vary by program and range from approximately $1,300 per year.

Estimated Living Expenses

We estimate monthly living expenses for students to be:

Room (per month) $1,000
Food (per month) $490
Personal (per month) $200
Travel (per month) $200

The cost of health insurance is not included in this budget.

Note: All students are required to have Health Insurance, either through their parents, spouse, employer, or on their own. A student policy is available through the University.

For additional information:
Phone: 315 464-4570
Fax: 315 464-8867

Master's students pay tuition.

The 2017-2018 tuition is:

  • $5,435 per semester / $453 per credit (New York residents)
  • $11,105 per semester / $925 per credit (out-of-state residents)

NOTE: Tuition subject to change without notice.


See our Frequently Asked Questions regarding Admissions, Stipends, etc.