Undergraduate Bulletin Updated for 1997-1998

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Tuition and Fees

Payment of Tuition

Students' registrations are not finalized until all applicable tuition and fees are processed by the Department of Student Financial Services. Failure to satisfy all financial obligations when due will result in cancellation of a student's current registration, withholding of official transcripts and diplomas, and denial of the right to register for future sessions.

All students must confirm that they will be attending the University with the Department of Student Financial Services. This includes students whose financial aid or tuition remission benefit credits are equal to or exceed the amount due. Confirmation can be accomplished in person, by mail, or by telephone.

Students are required to pay their tuition in full or can automatically enroll in the Temple easy Payment Plan (TEPP). Students should refer to the latest Directory of Classes ("Class Schedule") or other publications for a more detailed explanation of the plans.

Students who select courses, but fail to make payment on or before the due date on the tuition invoice will have their registration canceled and will be required to re-register and pay late fees.

Acceptable forms of payment include: financial aid vouchers, tuition remission forms, checks, cash, credit cards, and money orders. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Temple University. Credit cards accepted for payment include: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

Special Payment Plans

Temple University offers an Easy Payment Plan to help students budget the costs for tuition, room and board, and fees as best fits their personal situations. The Temple Easy Payment Plan will allow students to make payments over a semester or academic year.

Financial Counselor

Students who have questions or problems with paying their tuition should see a Financial counselor in the Department of Student Financial Services (1st and 2nd Floors, Conwell and Carnell Halls) or call (215) 204-2244.

Student Loan Counseling

The Office of Student Debt Management is responsible for completing loan counseling for all students who receive federal student loans (entrance interviews) and for all borrowers who are graduating (exit interviews). This counseling is mandatory for all student loan borrowers.

In addition, the department can assist students with related financial planning that would help them in completing their education at Temple, and can provide financial advice about handling debts.

To schedule a counseling session, please contact the Office of Student Debt Management, 2nd floor, Carnell Hall, (215) 204-5705.

Assessing Tuition Charges

Tuition assessment at Temple University is based on full-time or part-time status, undergraduate or graduate level classification of courses, and in-state/out-of-state residency status.

Full-time Status

Undergraduate students are considered full-time students when carrying semester loads of 12-17 semester hours. Credits in excess of 17 s.h. are assessed at the per semester hour tuition rate.

International students, holders of non-immigrant visas, are required to pay out-of-state tuition fees and register as full-time students.

There is no distinction between full-time and part-time graduate tuition rates. All graduate students are assessed at a credit hour rate, regardless of the number of credit hours they are taking.

Part-time Status

Undergraduates are considered part-time students when taking fewer than 12 s.h. per semester. Tuition is charged by the semester hour for part-time undergraduates.

Undergraduate Level Course Classification

In-State/Out-of-State Residency Status

A student is classified as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes if his or her permanent, legal residence is in Pennsylvania. In-state residency is generally established within the context of the following overall guidelines:

A student under 22 is presumed to have the residency of his or her parents or legal guardians. A student may rebut this presumption by presenting convincing evidence of emancipation and independent domicile.

A student who receives financial aid based on residence in a state other than Pennsylvania will not be considered a resident of Pennsylvania.

An individual who has not lived in Pennsylvania for a continuous 12-month period immediately prior to registration as a student at a Pennsylvania college or university is presumed not be to a Pennsylvania resident. A student may rebut this presumption with convincing evidence.

An individual attempting to establish residency for tuition purposes must file a Residency Application with the Office of the Registrar. Evidence requested in support of an application may include, but may not be restricted to, the following: lease or purchase of a permanent, independent Pennsylvania apartment or home; payment of Pennsylvania state and local taxes; transfer to Pennsylvania of bank accounts, stock, automobile, and other registered property; acquisition of Pennsylvania driver's license; acceptance of a permanent full-time job in Pennsylvania upon graduation; membership in Pennsylvania social, athletic, civic, political, and religious organizations; registration to vote in Pennsylvania; and an affidavit of intention to reside indefinitely in Pennsylvania.

Specific questions pertaining to Pennsylvania residency status should be directed to the Office of the Registrar. The telephone number is (215) 204-6691.

Special Charges and Fees*

*Fees 1997-98 are subject to change.

Students may be required to pay some or all of the following (subject to change for the 1996-97 academic year):

Application Fee

$35.00 for standard application for admission. $5.00 for students applying for readmission.

Matriculation Fee

A one-time $5.00 charge assessed all first year students who are degree-seeking candidates.

General Activities Fee

All full-time students (12 or more semester hours for undergraduate students, nine or more hours for graduate students; full-time professional students; and professional law students working toward a degree even if technically part-time) are required to pay a $25.00 per semester General Activities Fee (GAF).

The purpose of the fee and its related services is to promote and enhance the educational, recreational, social, and cultural life of the student body. Funds derived from the fee will be directly tied to the support of activities and events for students.

A General Activities Coupon Book will be presented to all students who pay the fee entitling them to free or discounted admission to a number of campus programs.

Part-time students may purchase a coupon book for $25.00.

Computer and Technology Fee

All students are required to pay the Computer and Technology Fee, which is based on their registration status. Students enrolled for nine or more credits are required to pay a $50.00 per semester fee, students enrolled for five to eight credits must pay a $36.00 per semester fee, and students enrolled for one to four credits are required to pay a $17.00 per semester fee.

The purpose of this fee is to fund purchases of computer equipment and sophisticated technologies for student use.

Special Tuition Charges

Certain courses have special tuition rates in lieu of the standard tuition rates. This charge is assessed at the time of registration for the course.

Additional Fees

Certain courses and programs of study have special fees assessed in addition to the standard tuition. Students should refer to their specific college and program for a description of any special fees which may apply to them.

Change of Course

A $10.00 charge is assessed for dropping or adding courses after the initial Schedule Revision period. (See Registration for details.)

Late Registration and Reinstatement Fee Policy

Matriculated students eligible to register, but who fail to do so by August 1 for the fall semester, or by the end of the fall semester for the spring semester, will be assessed a $30.00 late registration fee. Beginning the first day of the term, an additional late fee is assessed for any registration or reinstatement of a cancelled registration. A $25.00 late charge is assessed during the first week of classes. A $50.00 late charge is assessed during the second week of classes. A $100.00 late fee is assessed after the second week of classes. No new registrations or registration revisions will be processed after the end of the 12th week of classes during the fall and spring semesters and after the end of the fourth week of summer sessions.

Late Payment

Tuition payments not received by due dates will be subject to a $15 late payment fee for each missed installment. Students who fail to pay their initial payment by the due date may also have their registrations canceled.

Bad Check Penalty

A $25.00 fine is assessed for all checks issued to the University and not paid upon presentation to the bank. Registration may be cancelled as a result.

Transcript Fee

A $3.00 fee is assessed for official transcripts from the University.

Graduation Fee

A $30.00 fee is assessed for graduating seniors.

Health Insurance

Group medical insurance to defray certain medical expenses at hospitals is offered to full-time students during a limited period of time at the start of each semester. Students should contact the Personnel Benefits Office (215) 204-1321, for details concerning costs and application procedures.

Student Health Fee

Full- and part-time students are charged $30.00 per semester during the academic year to help subsidize the basic diagnostic and treatment services provided by nurses and physicians at all four campus locations. (Half-time students pay $11.00 per semester and all students enrolled for summer sessions pay $5.00.) Gynecology/family planning services and laboratory testing are specialized services available at Main Campus for an additional fee(s).

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