High Needs Scholarship

As of July 2018, students no longer need to apply for the High Needs Scholarship. Eligible students will be notified each semester by email and/or letter. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Services.

The High Needs Scholarship Program assists students who enroll full-time into School of Education Master of Science (M.S.) programs in the high-needs areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Special Education and Teaching English Language Learners.

The High Needs Scholarship Program offers eligible graduate students funding covering 25% of the student’s tuition. The following School of Education M.S. programs are eligible for the High Needs Scholarship:

  • Early Childhood Special Education (Birth-Grade 2)
  • Inclusive Special Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Inclusive Special Education (Grades 7-12 Generalist)
  • Inclusive Special Education (Severe/Multiple Disabilities)
  • Literacy Education (Birth-Grade 12)
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education (Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, or Physics)
  • Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)


  • Students must formally be admitted and matriculated into a qualifying School of Education M.S. program listed above, and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward that degree, which includes attaining and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average by the end of the second semester.
  • Students must be enrolled full-time (9 credits in the fall or spring, or 6 credits in summer). Part-time students are eligible if they are also Syracuse City School District employees.
  • Students must complete the scholarship application each semester that they wish to be considered.
  • This scholarship is NOT available to students receiving SU employee/spouse/partner remitted tuition benefits.
  • Students are eligible for only one School of Education percentage scholarship - the High Needs Scholarship, SOE Graduate Tuition Scholarship for Syracuse University Alumni and the SOE Orange Family Scholarship cannot be combined. 

Additional Details

  • Scholarships are awarded and credited to student bursar accounts typically within two weeks after the University financial deadline for dropping courses and before the first billing statement for that semester is sent out. There will be no cash refunds or payouts.
  • The scholarship does not cover tuition for undergraduate courses even if required as a prerequisite condition of full admission into the master’s program.
  • For students who have matriculated in the 2017-18 academic year and prior, the value of the High Needs Scholarship is based on the total number of credit hours for which the student is registered. The scholarship is applied first to the tuition owed before all other funding is awarded.
  • For students who matriculate beginning in the 2018-19 academic year, the value of the High Needs Scholarship is based on the tuition for the total number of credit hours for which the student is registered minus the value of any outside scholarships/funding.