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:

  • $28,339 in Baltimore
  • $34,011 in Boston
  • $37,776 in D.C.
  • $27,916 in Chicago
  • $34,028 in Los Angeles
  • $30,809 in New Haven
  • $43,537in Manhattan
  • $29,881 in Philadelphia
  • $38,536 in San Francisco
  • $28,386 in Seattle
  • $25,889 in Minneapolis

Stipends and Fees


All MD/PhD students receive a full-tuition waiver and a competitive 12-month stipend of $26,051.

MD/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.

Miscellaneous Costs

Annual Fees

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 $ 130
Health Services Fee 215
Disability Insurance Fee 65
SUNY College Fee 25
Technology Fee 215

College of Medicine
NOTE : US Medical Licensing Examination application fee (excluding the MPH Program):

  1. Step 1 (at the end of the MS 2 year) - $525.00
  2. Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (MS 4 year) - $790.00
  3. Step 2 Clinical Skills (MS 4 year) - $1,645.00
Books and Supplies

Costs for books and supplies vary by program and range from approximately $1,000 to $1,300 per year.

College of Medicine

  1. Diagnostic equipment for first year students — estimated cost $952.00.
  2. Microscope rental for first and second year students — $60.00.
Living Expenses

We estimate monthly living expenses for students to be:

Room & Utilities (per month) $ 900
Food (per month) 465
Personal (per month) 191
Travel (per month) 233
Health Insurance $ 12 per month*

*Subsidized Graduate Assistant Insurance Rate