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Grants, Scholarships and Loans

The following grants and scholarships have individual eligibility requirements and procedures. Be sure to read the requirements for each carefully.

Temple University Grants

Temple University Grants are institutional funds available to students as a way of supplementing other aid sources. These funds are generally awarded based on need, with priority consideration given to applicants whose FAFSA is received by the federal processor by March 1.

Temple Scholars Award:

Entering freshmen with excellent high school grades and test scores are offered 4-year academic merit scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for up to 4 years of full-time undergraduate study. The award is made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of acceptance based on the admission application.

Philadelphia Outstanding Achievement Scholarships:

Entering freshmen who live and attend high school in Philadelphia may apply. Recipients are generally in the top 10% of their high school graduating classes. Scholarships are renewable for four years as long as the student maintains a 3.0 GPA. Awards are for either half or full tuition. Students are nominated by their high schools. A University committee reviews the nominees and notifies schools and students of their awards, usually by March 15. Students must apply for admission to Temple by February 15th. Up to three students may be selected from each nominating high school. Interested students should contact their high school principals or guidance counselors by January 1. The following Outstanding Achievement Scholarships have been established to honor former alumni, Board members, and faculty members.

Music Scholarships:

Music scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to students of exceptional musical ability. These awards are given to vocalists participating in the various University choirs and instrumentalists participating in the University Orchestra, bands, and other ensembles. Recipients may matriculate in any of the undergraduate colleges. Prospective applicants should contact the College of Music at 215-204-8301 to arrange for an interview.

Temple University Diamond Bands:

Membership in the Diamond Bands is open to all qualifying students from any school, college, or campus of the University. At Temple, the Bands serve the entire student population; membership, therefore, includes not only music majors but also a large proportion of students representing almost every academic area of the University.

Scholarships are available to students selected for membership in the Diamond Bands in varying amounts based on participation and musicianship as determined by the College of Music. For further information, contact the Director of Bands, Room 315, Presser Hall, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122 or call 215-204-8321.

Athletic Scholarships:

Athletic scholarships are available in all varsity sports. The number of scholarships, requirements, standards, and awards are controlled by Temple University and by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For further information, contact the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, 215-204-7447.

ROTC Scholarships and grants:

See Military Science under the Academic Opportunities section of the Bulletin.

State and Federal Grant Programs

To be eligible for the following grants, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Pennsylvania State Grant (PHEAA):

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania funds a grant program for undergraduate Pennsylvania residents who will be matriculated students enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours per semester) and part-time (6-11 credits) during the academic year. This program is administered by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

Non-Pennsylvania residents should check with their respective state agency for state grant information.  The U.S. Department of Education provides a full list of higher education agencies by state at the Education Resource Organizations Directory website at

Students residing in states other than Pennsylvania can contact their state education department directly to inquire about scholarship and grant opportunities.  A directory of state educational grant agencies can also be found online through the College Financing Guide website at

Not all state grant programs are transferable if a student is attending a school outside of their home state.

Federal Pell Grants:

To be eligible for a Pell Grant, one must be a matriculated student enrolled in an undergraduate degree program who has not earned a bachelor's or professional degree. Notification of awards will be made in the student's award letter.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG):

FSEOG is a federal grant program administered by the University. Awards are based on exceptional need and availability of funds.

Student Loans

Federal Perkins Loans:

Perkins Loans are made by the University from funds provided by the Federal government. These loans are included as part of the financial aid package. The amount of the loan is based on the student's need and availability of funds.

Federal Stafford Loans:

Stafford Loans are available to students enrolled for at least six credits per semester. Annual limits are: $2,625 freshman, $3,500 sophomore, and $5,500 all other undergraduate levels. For all undergraduate study, the maximum that may be borrowed is $23,000.

Unsubsidized Stafford loans are available to independent undergraduate students at a variable interest rate. Dependent students may borrow only if the parent(s) is unable to borrow a PLUS. Loans may be requested up to $4,000 for freshman and sophomores and $5,000 for the junior year and above.

Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS):

PLUS loans are available to the parents of undergraduate students at a variable interest rate. Parents may borrow amounts not to exceed the cost of attendance.

Nursing Student Loans (NSL):

NSL are made by the University from funds provided by the federal government. These loans are included as part of the financial aid package. The amount of the loan is based on the student's need and availability of funds. Students may borrow up to $2,500 per academic year.

Pharmacy Health Profession Loans:

Pharmacy Health Profession Loans are made by the University based on demonstrated financial need. Funds are provided by the federal government. Pharmacy students may borrow a maximum of $2,500 plus the cost of tuition.

Entrance/Exit Interviews:

Federal law requires that every student borrowing from the programs listed above have an entrance and/or exit interview. During these sessions, a counselor will explain the provisions of loan repayment and deferment options.

Stafford loan funds will not be released without the entrance requirement, and students may not graduate until the exit interview is completed. Any student withdrawing from the University before graduation must contact the Bursar Department at 215-204-6170 to schedule an exit interview. Students failing to do so will have a hold placed on their records.

School and College Loan Fund:

Loans are available from the University's individual schools and colleges based on financial need and/or other criteria. Students should contact the appropriate Dean's Office or department chair for more information.

Other Programs

In addition, a number of Temple's schools and colleges have Privately Sponsored Scholarships available for students in their programs. Details may be found in the individual school or college descriptions.

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