COST OF LIVING
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Syracuse Costs Less...
To give you an idea how reasonable the cost of living is in Syracuse, we calculated how much you would need to earn in 12 cities with major biomedical research centers to equal our stipend here. These calculations assume you are renting, not owning a home. If you earn $24,513 living in Syracuse, you would need to earn:

  • $27,830 in Baltimore
  • $33,809 in Boston
  • $29,041 in Burlington
  • $27,772 in Chicago
  • $34,599 in D.C.
  • $31,133 in New Haven
  • $54,088 in New York City
  • $29,272 in Philadelphia
  • $31,567 in San Diego
  • $39,279 in San Francisco
  • $28,124 in Seattle
  • $42,160 in Stony Brook

PhD Program Costs

All PhD students receive a full-tuition waiver and a competitive 12-month stipend of $24,513.

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. The comprehensive health benefits include: coverage for medical services; hospitalization; prescription drugs; and mental health, dental and eye care.

Student stipends are derived from a variety of university sources including departmental and university fellowships, training grants and research assistantships. Students are strongly encouraged to apply for individual predoctoral fellowships, which could lead to higher stipends. Some predoctoral fellowship funding sources are the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Ford Foundation, and the American Hearth Association.

Miscellaneous Costs

Fees, Books, Living Expenses, etc:

College of Graduate Studies

The SUNY Graduate Diversity Fellowship Program was enacted with the goal of enhancing diversity and academic excellence in SUNY's graduate programs by recruiting students from different backgrounds. This program assists the University in the recruitment, enrollment, and retention of students who can demonstrate that they would contribute to the diversity of the student body, especially those who can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education.

PhD students may also be supported by research grants awarded to individual investigators.