Student Access and Support
Increasing access to a college education is one of the most effective ways to create a more prosperous, equitable, and globally competitive society.
Yet ensuring that higher education is truly available to all is one of our nation’s most fundamental challenges. A down economy, falling real incomes, rising costs, and changes in federal aid policies make it much harder for families to send their children to a private institution such as SU.
Stretching to Make SU Affordable
Even though Syracuse University’s endowment doesn’t approach those of some private institutions, we have always stretched to make education affordable for all students. In 2016–17, we provided nearly $270 million in institutionally funded financial aid—an amount well above many of our peers. In fact, approximately two-thirds of our student body receives some SU aid. (See more in our financial aid facts.)
Why is this support so critical? By offering scholarships that reward academic excellence, we attract the best students. By providing need-based financial assistance, we ensure diversity and opportunity. And by granting fellowships and assistantships, we allow outstanding graduate students to continue their study and research.
Through vehicles like the David and Debbie Smith Undergraduate Scholarship Fund, Syracuse University seeks to increase support for scholarships, assitantships, and fellowships to attract students of merit from all walks of life.
What Your Gifts Can Do
When you help increase student access through scholarship support, you not only show our students they’re valued members of the SU family, you give them a head start in life by reducing the burden of student loan repayments.
As a donor, you can help SU deliver access and opportunity in a number of ways:
- By endowing a scholarship, either in your own name or in honor of a loved one, you can establish a permanent fund that will generate financial aid support in perpetuity.
- You can establish a supported scholarship. With this type of fund, dollars are immediately available, and scholarships are awarded until the entire gift is spent.
- You can give to one or more of our existing scholarship funds—including the Remembrance and Coronat funds—through annual or one-time gifts. Learn more about these scholarships.
- You can designate your annual gift to The Fund for Syracuse to go to SU’s general, unrestricted scholarship fund.
- You can bolster graduate student support that enables SU to attract the most talented students from across the nation and abroad. Support includes distinguished graduate fellowships (tuition and stipend), graduate fellowships (stipend only), and graduate scholarships (tuition support only).
Scholarships and fellowships can be funded with cash, bequests, retirement funds, or annuities or trusts that can be structured as planned gifts. But regardless of which type of giving best suits your goals and circumstances, rest assured you’re opening the door to unlimited possibilities for future generations.