Various scholarships, fellowships and instructional associate positions are awarded to incoming Newhouse students to help offset the cost of attendance. Since Newhouse does have limited funding to offer, the majority of these awards are partial and only applicable for the academic year (excluding the summer sessions). It is also a competitive process, and all awards are merit-based.
In addition, U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for need-based loans issued by the government and facilitated through Syracuse University’s Financial Aid Office. Most students can fulfill their calculated financial aid need through these loan programs.
Cost of a Newhouse graduate degree
Syracuse University graduate students pay tuition per credit hour. The tuition rate for 2013-14 is $1,294 per credit. This rate will increase by approximately 3.5% each year. Tuition increases every May, but for Newhouse professional master's students, the rate is locked in until the following August. Click here to download a PDF that outlines average costs for a 12-month program this year.
Specific cost estimates for each program for the current year are available on our Tuition and Fees page.
Approximately 30 percent of our students receive some form of merit-based aid. Most awards are partial and will be split evenly for the fall and spring semesters. Additionally all awards are tuition-specific. You must have a complete application by the deadline, February 1, in order to be considered for merit-based aid. You must check off the appropriate boxes on the application form to be considered for scholarships, fellowships, and instructional associate positions. Please read descriptions below of the types of aid available.
Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowships
Syracuse University annually funds up to six McNair Graduate Fellowships as part of its federally funded, institution-wide Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. The program's goal is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and underrepresented minority college students who pursue and complete the doctoral degree. The Fellowships consist of a stipend and a tuition scholarship (up to 30 credits for the academic year). To be eligible, applicants must have been McNair Scholars at their undergraduate institutions.
Newhouse Foundation Fellowship/Internship for Minorities
Established in 1993, these awards are given annually to two minority students who wish to enroll in the Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism program and pursue a newspaper career. Only students who have majored in subjects other than journalism at the undergraduate level are eligible. Funded by the Newhouse Foundation, each award provides free tuition and a $1,400 a month stipend for 18 months of study (during which time the student also works as a reporting and editing intern at the Syracuse Media Group).
Thanks to a generous gift from arts patron and Syracuse University trustee Lola Goldring and her husband Allen, the Arts Journalism program offers special financial aid for highly qualified students to help defray the cost of the degree.
Liu Foundation Multicultural Scholarships
Established in 2003, these $10,000 awards are designated for outstanding applicants who demonstrate financial need, have a background and/or interest in multicultural communications, and demonstrate a career interest related to multicultural communications. Such background interest might be indicated by undergraduate study abroad, an undergraduate major in a foreign language, and/or communications work experience in a non-U.S. setting. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Liu Foundation Multicultural Scholarship should include an additional essay (500-word maximum) with their application indicating their interest in multicultural communications.
These scholarships support graduate education for students with superior qualifications. Academic departments recommend students to receive these scholarships. These are one-time, dollar awards in the amounts of $5,000, $7,500, $10,000, $12,500 and $15,000.
Newhouse has a number of instructional associates (IAs) who spend from 5 to 20 hours per week helping faculty members with classes or labs during the academic year. As an IA, you will be paid $15.50 an hour and also receive tuition scholarships (usually 6 or 9 credits per semester, depending on the position). Some positions are just for one semester and others are for the academic year; it depends on what courses are being taught for a particular semester. IAs assist with classes by leading discussion sessions, helping with grading and meeting with students during office hours. Some also work in our labs, helping undergraduate students with specialized software or equipment.If you are selected for an IA position, you must attend a mandatory IA training session. This program usually occurs the week before fall semester classes. Many positions are offered in March and April to newly admitted applicants, however, any unfilled positions are advertised to all enrolled master’s students in July for the fall/academic year and again in November for the spring.
Research Assistants / Administrative Assistants
Each semester faculty are asked if they would like to hire graduate students to help with research and creative projects. A memo is sent to all students inviting them to apply for specific positions at the beginning of the fall semester and again at the beginning of the spring semester. If you are a research or administrative assistant, you will work from 5-20 hours a week at a rate of $13.50 an hour.
Other administrative offices and research centers within Newhouse also hire graduate assistants to work from 10-20 hours a week at a rate of $13.50 an hour. Some of these positions also offer tuition scholarships (usually 6 credits per semester, depending on the position). These positions are advertised during the summer to all enrolled students.
Besides our merit based awards, the only additional assistance coordinated by the University is in the form of federal loans. All need-based aid is administered centrally by the University's Financial Aid Office, which does not award grants or other scholarships to graduate students.
To apply for federal loans, graduate applicants who are U.S. citizens must first file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), offered through the U.S. Department of Education. The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 for summer applicants. Applicants should not wait for an admission decision before filing.
Also, both the current year's FAFSA as well as the next year's FAFSA should be completed if you plan to begin your studies in the summer. Admitted and matriculated students whose FAFSA information has been received by the University's Financial Aid Office will be notified via email after the end of February. Usually the forms are not received from the U. S. Department of Education until early March.
Most graduate students are eligible for Federal Stafford Loans, for up to $10,250 per semester and for each summer. There are also Graduate PLUS Loans for which there is no maximum loan limit (annually or lifetime). Eligibility is calculated by the cost of attendance minus other financial aid and a basic credit check must be passed. Unfortunately, there are not specific need-based programs for non-U.S. citizens. Many of our international students negotiate loans in their home countries to help pay for their program costs. As noted in other sections, international students will be required to provide proof of adequate financial resources in order to obtain the necessary forms for a student visa.