Graduate School

Financial Information

Graduate students are eligible for financial assistance from federal, state, private, and university sources. To qualify for most types of financial aid, students must first be admitted to a graduate program. In addition to the information provided below, financial assistance information is found at Questions should be addressed directly to the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) at Temple University.

Federal Financial Support

Federal Stafford Loans

Applying for Federal Stafford Loans requires completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). At Temple University, unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to full-time graduate students up to a maximum amount of $20,500 annually.

Federal Work Study

Eligibility for the Federal Work-Study Program is based on the applicant’s need as determined by the information on the applicant's FAFSA. In addition, students must be enrolled at least half-time and maintain satisfactory academic progress.  Students are paid biweekly for hours worked.

University Financial Support

Temple University provides financial support that includes assistantships, internships, externships, and fellowships, as shown in the Graduate Student Support Chart. Assistantships, internships, and externships are awarded through departments and non-academic units based on need and fit. Interested applicants should consult with advisors or department chairpersons about the application procedures relevant to a desired position, as defined herewith:

  • Teaching Assistant: Student engages in lecturing, instructing, and supervising academic activities in the classroom, laboratory, studio, theater, or recitation or tutorial section; providing academic support in a laboratory, studio, or office; or working in another setting in which academic instruction takes place. Expressly excluded are teaching of elementary or secondary students as part of community service projects and teaching that is not for university credit or is otherwise non-academic in nature, such as for recreational purposes.
  • Research Assistant: Student engages in archival, clinical, field, laboratory, library, museum, or survey research or in another research activity supervised by a faculty member or researcher on a sponsored project. Completion of the "RA Individual Declaration of Academic Benefit" form (see TUportal) is required for the term of the award.
  • Academic Intern: Student engages in academic, performance, and professional activities that are central parts of the instructional program and directly related to the student's degree program (e.g., clinical practice, musical or theatrical production), but cannot be classified as either research or teaching. The activities must be directly supervised by a faculty member/preceptor in the student's school/college.
  • Graduate Extern: Student provides service that may entail academic and professional experience or development, although the activities are not directly supervised by a faculty member/preceptor in the student's degree program.


Teaching Assistantships require the performance of instructional activity. It is important to note that all graduate students who are assigned instructional responsibilities, where the language of instruction is English, must be certified as competent in spoken English. Consult your school/college dean's office for information on the SPEAK test process. As an alternative to teaching, Research Assistantships allow students to pursue research under the direction of a faculty member.

Assistantships, whether teaching or research, include both a stipend and tuition. To be considered for a Teaching or Research Assistantship, a student must have achieved a GPA of 3.25 or higher. In addition, the minimum GPA of 3.25 must be maintained throughout the duration of the assistantship.

Internships and Externships

Temple University offers a variety of Academic Internships and Graduate Externships to a limited number of graduate students. Academic and administrative departments determine the selection process for these awards. To be considered for an internship or externship, a student must have achieved a GPA of 3.25 or higher. In addition, the minimum GPA of 3.25 must be maintained throughout the duration of the internship/externship.

Interested students should consult the department/program of their choice for specific details. Internships include support in the form of a stipend and tuition. Externships provide a stipend. Recipients of these awards are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service.

University-Wide Fellowships

Temple University offers a limited number of fellowships to support outstanding students in doctoral or terminal master's degree programs. Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominations for fellowships are submitted on one of the Fellowship Nomination forms by the department/program only. Specific deadlines are found on the Graduate School calendar and/or on the forms.

Fellowships typically provide support, including a stipend and tuition, for four years, with shorter terms for those enrolled in a terminal master's degree program. The fellowship recipient is typically supported for two years with no service required or permitted. For the other two years, fellowship recipients are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service as a Teaching Assistant or Research Assistant. Competition is for three different classifications of fellowship:

  • Presidential Fellowships are the most prestigious awards. Competition is reserved for only the most outstanding candidates, whether domestic or international.
  • University Fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students, both domestic and international. These awards are intended to support students who demonstrate outstanding potential for success in their chosen fields.
  • Future Faculty Fellowships are intended to attract outstanding domestic students who would diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted domestic graduate students from underrepresented groups in the applicant's discipline who show exceptional leadership and/or have overcome significant obstacles in pursuing an academic career. For more information, visit the FFF webpage.

Applicants who are interested in being considered for nomination are urged to submit their application and supporting documentation to their program of interest by December 15. Nominations for the next academic year are due in January for Round 1 and in February for Round 2. Refer to the Graduate School calendar for specific dates.

University Grants

Two highly competitive awards are designed to accelerate the degree completion process by offering significant financial support to promising students. Both awards are nonrenewable. When application is made, the applicant must acknowledge that, if selected as an award recipient, s/he becomes ineligible to be employed at Temple University until the dissertation or project is successfully completed. Excluded employment opportunities include teaching assistant, research assistant, academic intern, graduate extern, non-tenure track faculty, adjunct faculty, and student worker.

These grants are awarded once during the Fall term and once during the Spring term. The application process requires one application from the student and a second from the department, as found on TUportal. Nominations for Doctoral Dissertation or Master of Fine Arts Project Completion Grants are due in the Graduate School in October for the next Spring term and in March for the following Fall term. Refer to the Graduate School calendar for specific dates.

Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant

For the Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant, departments nominate doctoral students who have completed all requirements for the degree, except the required dissertation, and are advanced to candidacy. The Doctoral Dissertation Completion grant includes a stipend and one credit of tuition remission. The award is for five months. If accepted, the award invalidates the awardee's eligibility for employment at Temple University until the dissertation is succesfully defended and submitted to the Graduate School.

Master of Fine Arts Project Completion Grant

The Master of Fine Arts Project Completion Grant carries a stipend and one credit of tuition remission. Departments nominate students who have completed all requirements for their degree, except the required project. The award is for five months. If accepted, the award invalidates the awardee's eligibility for employment at Temple University until the project is succesfully completed.

First Summers Research Initiative

The First Summers Research Initiative (FSRI) is a competition for summer research awards for domestic doctoral students at Temple University who are traditionally underrepresented in their field of study. The purpose of these awards is to provide eligible students with funding to encourage their pursuit of research activity in the first, second, and/or third summers of their graduate studies. The FSRI Award is valued at $6,000. Applicants can apply each summer until they achieve candidacy, although preference is given to first-time applicants. The deadline for the next Summer application is in March. Refer to the Graduate School calendar for the specific date.

Student Health Insurance

All full-time graduate students have the opportunity to enroll in one of Temple University’s health insurance plans. Teaching Assistants, Research Assistants, Academic Interns, and Graduate Externs receive health insurance benefits. Fellowship recipients have similar options. For questions regarding the plans, please visit