Temple University

Applying to Temple

Veterans and military service members who are interested in pursuing a degree at Temple must meet undergraduate, graduate, or professional school admissions requirements to gain admittance to a degree-seeking program.

Newly admitted students seeking to use their VA education benefits for the first time should begin by contacting the VA at 1-888-442-4551 or visit VA.GOV for eligibility information.

Prior to enrolling at Temple University, students using Tuition Assistance should discuss the educational plan with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or their counselor within the military service.

Temple often develops new programs to meet the changing needs of our students and the greater community. Every new program must be submitted to the State Approving Agency, and then to the VA for approval before we can certify enrollment for VA Education Benefits. This process can be unpredictable, so there may be times when a new program is not yet approved at the time a student enrolls. We recommend that you verify the approval status of your program at the VAs Web Enabled Approval Management System (WEAMS). If your program is not listed, please contact us.

For assistance with the admissions and enrollment process, using education benefits, financial aid, or inquiries related to student support services, please contact:
Laura S. Reddick, Associate Director
Phone: (215) 204-8387
E-mail: mvsc@temple.edu


1. Steps for applying for education benefits

If you have not applied for your education benefits, begin the process with Veterans Affairs. Once you submit the required information, it may take the Veterans Administration one to two months to approve benefits. While you wait for the Certificate of Eligibility or for your VA counselor to submit your VA Form 1905 (Chapter 31- Voc Rehab see below), you may proceed with applying to Temple University (see step 2).

Students assessed out-of-state tuition rate may be eligible for in-state tuition rate under Pennsylvania Act 11 (PA Act 11). For more information about PA Act 11 (see here)

If you are applying for your education benefits for the first time:

If you are a transferring to Temple University your education benefits to Temple University:

If you are a veteran using Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31), visit VA eBenefits to complete the process:

For submitting the Certificate of Eligibility to Temple University, please see step 5 below.


2. Applying to Temple University

While you are waiting to hear back from the VA regarding your education benefits, begin your admissions application by visiting Temple University Admissions.

For assistance with the admissions and enrollment process, using education benefits, financial aid, or inquiries related to student support services, please contact:
Laura S. Reddick, Associate Director
Phone: (215) 204-8387
E-mail: mvsc@temple.edu


3. Transferring JST and other prior credits to Temple

Generally, Temple accepts academic, college-level courses beyond the developmental level completed with a grade C or better, from schools with regional accreditation. Exceptions to any of these criteria may be considered on appeal. College level coursework completed at colleges and universities that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations may be eligible for credit by validation. Credit is only awarded in academic subjects with a corresponding Temple department. Duplicate credit in the same course is not awarded in any case. Whenever possible, credit is allowed for courses completed more than 10 years before the date of admission. Courses evaluated for transfer from colleges and universities with different credit systems (e.g. quarter hours, units, etc.) are converted to semester hours (i.e., 2 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 1.5 semester hour credits; 3 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.0 semester hour credits; 4 quarter hour credits are equivalent to 2.5 semester hour credits).

Temple University awards limited academic credit and course placement to students based on previous academic, employment, military and/or other learning experiences not earned in a traditional classroom setting.

Credit for Prior Learning, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, G.C.E. A-Levels and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits completed prior to attending Temple are posted on a student's record as transfer credit.

Please see Temple's transfer and prior learning information.


4. Financial Aid

While it is not required, we encourage all students to complete the FAFSA. Temple University offers assistance to eligible students typically in one or any combination of the following four forms: scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study programs. In addition to financial aid that is awarded by Temple, many outside groups sponsor private scholarships, loans, and grants.

If your eduction benefits apply toward tuition, the Veteran Affairs will pay actual net cost for in-state tution and fees after the application of any funds provided directly to Temple and specifically designated for the sole purpose of defraying tution and fees. Some students may be eligble for the Yellow Ribbon program which may offset out of state charges.

For assistance with the admissions and enrollment process, using education benefits, financial aid, or inquiries related to student support services, please contact:
Laura S. Reddick, Associate Director
Phone: (215) 204-8387
E-mail: mvsc@temple.edu


5. Next Steps

Once you have been accepted to Temple University, sign into TUportal for subsequent steps to complete the admissions process.

Temple University offers many benefits to servicemembers and veterans, even those not using education benefits. Servicemembers and veterans are eligible for priority registration, in-state tution rate upon meeting the eligibility requirements, special scholarship consideration, and invitations to events and activities designated for servicemembers and veterans. Some students may be eligible for tuition deposit waiver. To be considered for these benefits and more, follow these steps:

  1. After activating your TUPortal account, visit GIBenefits
  2. Complete the servicemember/dependent information section
  3. Upload your certificate of eligiblity, eBenefits document, or military I.D.


6. Certification Process

For newly admitted students or first-time using education benefits, please follow these steps to declare benefits use via GIBenefits in TUportal:


For assistance with the admissions and enrollment process, using education benefits, financial aid, or inquiries related to student support services, please contact:
Laura S. Reddick, Associate Director
Phone: (215) 204-8387
E-mail: mvsc@temple.edu