Summer Financial Aid & Scholarships

Summer Merit Scholarship

Syracuse University undergraduate students with high academic achievement have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of $1,000 merit-based scholarships to participate in our exciting, academically challenging, and innovative 2024 summer programs abroad.


  • Undergraduate matriculated Syracuse University student
  • GPA of 3.4 or higher (no exceptions)
  • Must have a completed summer application at the time of submission

How to Apply:

Students will find the scholarship application within their OrangeAbroad Portal after starting an application for a summer 2024 program.


  • Personal essay (up to 500 words) OR
  • Creative personal statement video (up to 3 minutes)

Application deadline is January 30.

Selection Committee will review all applicants after the deadline of January 30 (no rolling admissions review)

Study Abroad Grants for Syracuse and Visiting Students (Need-based Financial Aid)

The Office of Financial Aid awards Study Abroad Grants (SAG), based on financial need, that range from $250-$2,000 for 3 credits and $500-$4,000 for 6 credits. Need is determined by the previous academic year’s FAFSA information. For Syracuse students, this information should already be on file with the Syracuse Financial Aid Office. Please note that eligibility for SAG awards is determined after acceptance to a summer program offered by Syracuse Abroad. Students are automatically considered for these grants, and the Office of Financial Aid will email students if a grant has been awarded. Changes in registration will result in financial aid adjustments.

Syracuse University graduate students seeking financial aid assistance should consult with their home college or institution.

Additional need-based grants of up to $3,500 are available for Syracuse University undergraduate students who attend a summer program at a Syracuse Abroad Center: Florence, London, Madrid or Strasbourg. Need level determined by the Office of Financial Aid.

Loan Information

Students are eligible to borrow through the Federal Stafford Student Loan Program. You may also borrow with a Plus loan or an Alternative Loan. The amount undergraduate students may borrow is based on the number of credits they have completed before the beginning of the summer program. Contact the Financial Aid office at your home institution to find out how much you may borrow.

More information regarding summer financial aid, including loan options, can be found on the Syracuse Financial Aid website.

Syracuse University Matriculated Students

Students matriculated at Syracuse University must apply for their loans through the Financial Aid Office on main campus. All students applying for assistance for the summer should follow the application procedures for applying for financial aid. This includes completing a FAFSA and a Syracuse University financial aid application. Additional information and applications for summer financial aid will be available at the Financial Aid Office.

Syracuse University students can contact the Syracuse University Financial Aid Office at (315) 443-1513 for information on how to apply for a summer loan, or send an email to

Visiting Students

Students matriculated at colleges and universities other than Syracuse University may be eligible to receive financial assistance through their home colleges. Before applying to a summer study abroad program, students should contact their home college financial aid officer regarding their institution’s policies. In some cases, the home college will agree to process financial aid for its students.

If the home college refuses to process financial aid for the summer term, Syracuse University may be able to process the student’s aid if the student’s home school agrees to sign a consortium agreement with Syracuse University. For detailed steps on this process, please contact Syracuse Abroad at

View Tuition, Grants and Aid for Visiting Students

External Scholarship Opportunities

Syracuse University Abroad maintains an extensive list of outside scholarships for its students.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to U.S. citizens and Pell grant (federal financial aid) recipients. Gilman encourages applications from students from diverse ethnic backgrounds; students going to non-traditional study abroad destinations; students in fields underrepresented in study abroad; and students with high financial need. Students studying a Critical Need Language are automatically considered for an additional $3,000 supplement for a total possible award of $8,000. One in three Gilman applicants wins an award. Funding for fall, spring, and summer study is available.

Visiting students should check with their study abroad office for additional pertinent information about applying for the Gilman.