Over the Line

With a renewed focus on retention and graduation, Syracuse University implemented the Over the Line (OTL) initiative. For qualifying students who need 11 or fewer credits to graduate, this initiative reduces per-credit tuition rates for summer sessions. For additional information, email Over the Line or call 315.443.1031.

Application is currently closed. Please email otl@syr.edu if you have extenuating circumstances .


Eligibility Criteria

  • Completed 8 full-time semesters at Syracuse University (not including summer) for four-year program
  • Completed 10 full-time semesters at Syracuse University (not including summer) for five-year program
  • Be within four to six years of first semester at Syracuse University
  • Need 11 or fewer credits to complete your degree requirements
  • Receive OTL eligibility confirmation from school or college academic advisor
  • Be registered for the approved courses during summer sessions
  • MUST graduate by August of the current year
  • Have filed a Diploma Request on MySlice for the summer of the current year

Important Dates

  • Application opens April 1
  • Application deadline: June 1

Application Steps

  1. Connect with your school/college academic advisor or OTL representative
    1. verify you meet the eligibility criteria
    2. obtain approval for courses
  2. Enroll in remaining credits needed to graduate (1-11 credits)
  3. File Diploma Request on MySlice for the summer of the current year
  4. Complete OTL application

Summer Courses

OTL applies to 1-11 credits only. Please reference the term limits for summer listed below.

Maximum Course Load (Summer)

Undergraduates may register for a maximum of 7 credits in a six-week session (with Maymester and Six Week First Session considered as one session for this purpose), and a maximum of 14 credits in any summer.  Students may petition their home school/college to register for additional credits in a session or for summer.

    • Maymester: Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 26
        • one course maximum
    • Six Week First Session: Monday, May 22 – Friday, June 30
        • two courses maximum (includes Maymester)
    • Six Week Second Session: Monday, July 3 – Friday, August 11
        • two courses maximum
    • Twelve Week Combined Session: Monday, May 22 – Friday, August 11
        • four courses maximum

Finding classes to take this summer has never been easier. Just search for your desired summer term courses in MySlice .


The discounted rate for OTL Summer 2023 is $433 per credit. OTL is only for 1-11 credits.

TypePer Credit Rate
OTL per credit rate (After your OTL Financial Aid is applied)$433
Summer Part-time Tuition$722
OTL Financial Aid$289
Summer Main Campus Tuition $1,523

Frequently Asked Questions

OTL adds a registration hold after you are enrolled in your approved courses and you have confirmed your participation in the program. The hold ensures you remain in these courses,  since any changes could affect your eligibility to participate in OTL or impact your financial aid.  Your advisor will need to approve any new course(s). Please pay close attention to all add/drop deadlines.

If you need your hold removed, email otl@syr.edu.

Connect with your academic advisor to find an alternate course that meets your requirements. Then, email Over the Line or call 315.443.1031 as soon as possible, so we may remove your hold temporarily so you may adjust your schedule.

You may only receive the OTL rate for 11 or fewer credits at Syracuse University. Contact us if you have additional questions or a maximum of three pending transfer credits that would be processed prior to August 25, 2023.

Yes, internship credits may be a part of OTL, but only if the credits are required for you to graduate.

Prior to the drop deadline, notify OTL as soon as possible by emailing Over the Line, if you no longer wish to take courses and the team will remove the hold for you to drop your course(s).

Please note, students are responsible for dropping all courses prior to drop deadlines. For specific course drop deadlines, check your class schedule (MySlice -> My Class Schedule Tile), and click on the small calendar icon.

No, the OTL discounted rate is only for main campus courses taken in-person or online.