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Graduate students are eligible for various kinds of 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.
The Temple University Office of Student Financial Services has responsibility for administering loans, grants, work study, and other forms of financial aid. To learn more, visit the Office’s website at www.temple.edu/sfs or call 215-204-2244 with questions. Loan applications should be submitted to:
Temple University Office of Student Financial Services
Conwell Hall, Ground Floor
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
The Office of Student Financial Services maintains a small library of financial aid source books. Similar materials are available in local libraries. In addition, several funding search sites are available on the internet (e.g., www.fastweb.com, www.finaid.org, www.scholarships.com) for those seeking financial aid alternatives.
Federal Financial Support
Federal Stafford Loans
Federal Stafford Loans are based on calculated need determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Stafford Loans are available at local banks, credit unions, and other lending institutions.
If the applicant’s calculated need is sufficient to qualify for a subsidized loan, the federal government will pay the interest subsidy during the period of enrollment and six months after completing or terminating studies. Graduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of 5 credit hours in a degree program to borrow up to $8,500 annually.
Unsubsidized Stafford Loans are available to students who have their calculated need met. Graduate students may borrow up to an annual maximum amount of $12,000 unsubsidized (in addition to or in lieu of the need-based $8,500 subsidized loan), but are required to pay the interest subsidy during enrollment.
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 weekly for hours worked.
University Financial Support
Temple University provides financial support that includes Fellowships, Internships, and Externships. The competition for these awards begins February 1. Interested applicants should consult with advisors or department chairpersons about the application procedures since faculty nominate candidates for university support. To be considered for nomination, applicants are urged to submit materials to the department or program of application by December 15.
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Temple University offers a limited number of fellowships to support outstanding students in doctoral or terminal degree programs. Self-nomination is not permitted. Nominations for fellowships are submitted by the department/program only.
Fellowships typically provide support, including a stipend and tuition, for four years. (Shorter terms apply for those enrolled in a non-doctoral terminal degree program.) Often, the fellowship recipient is supported for the first two years with no service required or permitted. For the remaining period, fellowship recipients are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service as a teaching assistant or research assistant.
Presidential Fellowships are the most prestigious awards. Competition is reserved for only the most outstanding candidates.
University Fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming graduate students. 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 students to Temple University and to diversify the professoriate. Candidates are newly admitted 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 website at www.temple.edu/grad/fff.
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, however, 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, in some cases, tuition. Externships provide a stipend. Recipients of these awards are required to perform up to 20 hours per week of service.
Two highly competitive awards are designed to accelerate the degree completion process by offering significant financial support to promising students. Both awards are nonrenewable.
For the Dissertation Grant, departments nominate doctoral students who have completed all requirements for the degree, except the required dissertation, and are advanced to candidacy. The Dissertation Grant is awarded for six months.
Project Completion Grant
The Project Completion Grant carries three credits of tuition remission. Departments nominate students who have completed all requirements for their degrees, except the required project, and exhausted all departmental resources. The Project Completion Grant is awarded for six months.
The Dissertation and Project Completion Grants are awarded once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. Obtain an application for the next round: One is required from the student, and a second from the department.
PA Residency Classification
Based on a student’s domicile, Temple University has two tuition schedules. One is relevant for Pennsylvania residents and the other for out-of-state residents. For tuition purposes, Pennsylvania residency is determined in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Guidelines for Pennsylvania Residency. To obtain a copy of Guidelines for Pennsylvania Residency or an Application for Pennsylvania Residency, contact the Office of Academic Records, located on the second floor of Conwell Hall. The Office of Academic Records is also your source for more information on Pennsylvania residency guidelines, individual student status, change of domicile, or appeals for residency classification. This office can be reached at 215-204-1131.
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 contact the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Department, at 215-204-1321.
Graduate students enrolling in student health insurance must sign up on OWLnet. The charge will then appear on the student’s tuition bill. Visit www.temple.edu/hr/students/studentinsurance.htm for details.