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Tuition and Fees

Payment of Tuition

David Glezerman, Assistant Vice President and Bursar
115 Carnell Hall



Registration for courses is not optional, and students must not attend courses for which they are not registered. Once a student registers for a course--or is registered by an advisor at the student's request--the student remains financially obligated for the course unless and until he or she drops the course by the prescribed deadlines for dropping and adding courses. Students may drop courses and otherwise modify their registrations in Self-Service Banner (SSB) or by working with an academic advisor. Please see www.temple.edu/registrar/documents/calendars/ for add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for each semester and summer session.

Once registered, students must pay tuition and fees according to the Bursar's Office billing schedule. Failure to satisfy billing and financial obligations may result in withholding of official transcripts and diplomas; denial of the right to register for future sessions; and the assessment of late fees and collection costs.

Students will receive an e-mail notification when their registration is cancelled. Failure to pay tuition and fees does not automatically result in cancellation of a student's current registration. Students who are not cancelled or do not drop classes by the end of the official drop/add period (See Academic Calendar for specific dates) remain financially obligated for the amount due. Instructors are advised to issue letter grades (typically "F") for students who have not been attending but are on their roster of registered students.

Students who drop classes by the end of the drop/add period (the end of the second week of classes) of a semester or summer session will have their courses dropped. This will relieve them of academic responsibility and in most instances financial responsibility associated with the course.

Students who withdraw from classes after the drop/add period are responsible for full payment of all tuition and fee charges, along with any payment plan fees, and late payment charges. These courses will be recorded on the transcript with the notation of "W," indicating that the student withdrew. Unpaid tuition balances may be referred for collection, and students may be held liable for paying all associated collection costs and/or legal fees.

Students who do not withdraw by the published deadline are responsible for payment of all tuition and fee and/or collection costs. Temple University will first apply all payments received to the oldest outstanding balance, if applicable, then to the current semester charges.

Temple University notifies students via their TUmail account to view their electronic bills in TUpay. Students are required to pay at least the minimum amount due on their bills on or before the due date on their bill.

Students who select courses, but fail to make their payment on or before the due date on the tuition invoice may be required to re-register and pay a $100 late registration fee. In such cases, there is no guarantee that students' original classes will be available at the time of re-registration.

Acceptable forms of payment include: financial aid vouchers, tuition remission forms, checks (paper and electronic), cash, credit cards, and money orders. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Temple University. Credit cards accepted for online payment only through TUpay include: MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. Please note that credit card payments are subject to a 2.75% convenience fee by the university’s processor.

Payment must be received by the billing due date to assure proper crediting and to avoid potential registration cancellation.

Payment Plans

The University offers a deferred payment plan for the fall and spring semesters to help students who are not fully paying their bills budget the costs for tuition, room and board, and fees as best fits their personal situations. If students do not pay their fall or spring bill in full by the weekend before the semester starts, then the students are automatically enrolled in the University's deferred payment plan. The payment plan allows students to pay off their fall balance by October 16, 2012 and their spring balance by March 19, 2013 before being subject to a $60 late payment fee. The payment plan deferral fee amount is $25, which is a non-refundable fee.

The University also offers the Temple Installment Payment Plan (TIPP) for those students who need an extended payment option.  For more information about this plan, offered through Higher Education Services (HES), go to www.temple.edu/bursar.

Financial Counseling

Students who need assistance in financing their education should see a Financial Counselor in the Department of Student Financial Services (Ground Floor, Conwell/Carnell Hall) or call 215-204-2244 for an appointment.

Student Loan Counseling

All students who receive federal student loans are required by federal regulations to receive loan counseling when first receiving a loan and prior to leaving the university.

The Credit and Collections unit in the Bursar's Office is responsible for completing loan counseling for all students who are receiving federal student loans for the first time (entrance interviews).  In addition, this staff can assist students with related financial planning that would help them in completing their education at Temple.  Students can go to www.fc.campusoncall.com/cgi-bin/home.pl?FromAdmin=1&campus=temple to complete the entrance interview or call 215-204-5549 for additional information.

Students who are graduating must complete an exit interview online at www.fc.campusoncall.com/cgi-bin/home.pl?FromAdmin=1&campus=temple or contact the Credit and Collections unit in the Bursar's Office, Second Floor, Carnell Hall, at 215-204-5549.


Assessing Tuition Charges

Tuition assessment at Temple University is based on full-time or part-time status; student level status (undergraduate, graduate, or professional), student class level for undergraduates; and in-state/out-of-state residency status. The level of the courses is not a factor in how students are assessed.

Full-time Status

Undergraduate students are considered full-time students when carrying between 12-17 semester hours (s.h.). Credits in excess of 17 s.h. are additionally 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.

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:

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.

A student under 22 years of age 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.

A student who is not a United States citizen or does not have an immigrant visa is presumed not to be a resident of Pennsylvania for tuition purposes; however, a student may rebut this presumption with clear and convincing evidence.

For more information and a copy of the Resident Tuition Eligibility Guidelines, visit www.temple.edu/registrar. Specific questions pertaining to Pennsylvania residency status should be directed to the Office of the University Registrar at 215-204-1131 or resident.tuition@temple.edu.

Tuition Schedule

To see a copy of the latest tuition schedule, click here: www.temple.edu/bursar/about/tuitionrates.htm.

University-Wide Fees

To see a copy of the latest fee schedule, click here: www.temple.edu/bursar/about/tuitionrates.htm.

Please note that Tuition and Fees are subject to change by action of the university's Board of Trustees. 

Description of Special Charges and Fees

Students may be required to pay some or all of the following (subject to change):

Application Fee

$50.00 for online or paper application for admission, $20.00 for students applying for readmission.

Matriculation Fee

A one-time charge is assessed of all first-year students who are degree-seeking candidates in their initial semester after admittance. This fee includes the student orientation program. The rate for undergraduate students is $150.00 and the rate for graduate students is $45.00. Professional students should check with their respective college as the rates vary per school.

University Services Fee

The University Services Fee is a single, comprehensive fee that helps fund a number of university services, including:

  • Funding for state-of-the art computer equipment and technologies to provide support for the students' academic experiences, including e-mail access and modern lab facilities;
  • Access to all student activities, events and recreational facilities;
  • Expansion and maintenance of recreational and academic facilities to enhance and improve student life;
  • Availability of basic student health and treatment services provided by nurses and physicians on campus.

All students are required to pay the University Services Fee. The fee structure for the fall and spring semesters is:

  • Enrolled for 9 or more credits - $295.00
  • Enrolled for 5 to 8 credits - $213.00
  • Enrolled for 1 to 4 credits - $104.00

The structure for each summer semester is:

  • Enrolled for 9 or more credits - $148.00
  • Enrolled for 5 to 8 credits - $113.00
  • Enrolled for 1 to 4 credits - $66.00

Please direct all questions about the University Services Fee to the Office of Student Financial Services at 215-204-2244 or sfs@temple.edu.

Special Tuition Charges

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

Additional Fees

Certain courses have special fees assessed in addition to the standard tuition. This charge is assessed at the time of registration for the course.

Late Registration Fee Policy

Continuing students eligible to register but who fail to do so by the day after registration cancellation is processed will be assessed a $100.00 late registration fee. All other students will be assessed the $100.00 late registration fee beginning the first day of the term. No new registrations or registration revisions will be processed after the end of the twelfth week of classes during the fall and spring semesters and after the end of the fourth week of summer sessions.

Students whose registrations are cancelled for non-payment by the due date are required to pay the $100.00 late registration fee to re-register. Please be aware that students' original classes may no longer be available when attempting to re-register.

Late Payment

Tuition payments not received by due dates will be subject to a $60.00 late payment fee. Students who fail to pay their initial payment by the due date may also have their registrations canceled.

Bad Check Penalty

A $25.00 fee is assessed for all paper and electronic checks issued to the university and not paid upon presentation to the bank. Registration may be canceled as a result.

Transcript Fee

The cost per transcript is $8.25 ($6.00 transcript fee plus $2.25 National Student Clearinghouse processing fee). Consult the Office of the University Registrar's web site for ordering instructions.

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 consult the Human Resources Benefits Department's web site (www.temple.edu/hr/students/index.html) or call Velda Fletcher-Jones at 215-926-2270 for details concerning costs and application procedures. International students are required to buy medical insurance or show proof of comparable coverage to the Human Resources Benefits Department.

Tuition and Fees Policy

I. Policy

A. Tuition charges and fees are based upon the student's enrollment status in the respective schools or colleges. Refunds are made in accordance with the student's academic records.

B. Students will be charged 100% of their semester bill unless a course drop form is processed by a registration office of the university or the student successfully drops courses through Self Service Banner

by the Drop/Add deadline date. See www.temple.edu/registrar/documents/calendars/ for add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for each semester and summer session, typically at the end of the second week of the semester. Students who process their course drops by the deadline date will be issued a 100% refund.

C. No complete financial credit will be made if a student does not process course drops for all registered classes.

D. Students who are still registered for classes after the Drop/Add deadline date are responsible for paying all related tuition and fees.

II. Exceptions

A. Failure to Process Withdrawal Form by Deadline

Under extreme, extenuating circumstances, an appeal may be made to the Office of the University Registrar and the Tuition Review Committee if the drop transaction is not completed by the deadline, and the student did not attend classes after the deadline date. All appeals must be accompanied by the following information:


1. A letter explaining the extenuating circumstances of the appeal.
2. A properly-signed schedule revision or official withdrawal form available from the Dean's Office.
3. Supporting documentation that will establish that the student never attended the semester in question or that he/she did not attend beyond the official refund period.
4. Appeals for retroactive course deletions must be filed within one (1) year from the end date of the semester for refunds to be considered. If the above conditions are met, the Office of the University Registrar will direct the removal of the semester's records from the academic history. This automatically results in a 100% refund of tuition and fee charges for the semester.

B. Death of a Student
In the event of death during a semester, the student's account will be credited with a 100% refund of tuition and fee charges for the semester.

C. Serious Illness Which Prevents a Student from Attending All Classes
In the event of a serious personal or family member's illness, the following steps can be taken:


1. The student should provide the Department of Student Financial Services with:
a. A letter from the student listing the reason(s) for their refund request (i.e., personal or family illness, etc.).
b. Certification from a licensed physician verifying that the student or family member was ill. In the case of the student's illness, the certification should indicate that the illness prevented the student from attending all classes, and
c. Letter(s) from the student's instructor(s) or department chairperson(s) that, based on the actual or anticipated length of the student's leave, the course work cannot be completed within the current term and the last day of attendance.
d. The student must withdraw from all registered courses. NOTE: For purposes of this policy, a family member is defined as the student's parents, spouse, child(ren), or any other family member noted under the federal Family Leave Act.

2. When the above criteria in C.1 are met, the student's bill will reflect an adjusted tuition charge in accordance with the attached schedule. A credit will be issued on a pro-rated basis after:
a. Confirming that the student has no other outstanding balances, and
b. Having the Department of Student Financial Services adjust any financial aid awards, where applicable, in accordance with state and federal regulations. NOTE: Student refunds will be issued as a credit towards tuition and fees for future registrations up to one (1) year after the end of the semester in which the withdrawal took place. Unused credits will be forfeited after that time.

3. The effective date for all medical credits will be based on the earlier of either:
a. The official date of withdrawal, as established by the Tuition Review Committee and the Office of the University Registrar, or
b. The physician's date of certification, if the student is physically unable to complete a withdrawal by the end of the semester.

4. Refunds or credits resulting from the death or serious illness of the student will not require the deletion of courses from the student's academic records. The student's record will reflect excused withdrawals ('WE').

D. Employment Change/Relocation
1. If a student must withdraw from classes because of a job change or shift in work hours that prevents the student from attending classes, the student may request a pro-rata credit, based on the actual withdrawal date and in accordance with the Fee Schedule of Adjusted Tuition Charges, if documentation from the employer is provided showing that the individual is no longer able to take classes because of a change in job scheduling or relocation.
2. This provision applies solely for the student and only after the student has totally withdrawn from all registered courses.

III. Authority

A. The Office of the University Registrar will have authority for determining the student's academic records.
B. The Director of Student Financial Services will have authority for approving financial exceptions to the policy.
C. Appeals of any decision outlined under this policy will be made to the University's Tuition Review Committee, whose decision is final.

Tuition and Fees Refund Policy


Fee Schedule of Adjusted Tuition Charges in the Event of an Exception to the General Policy
Date of Official Withdrawal Adjusted Tuition Charges You Pay
Fall and Spring Semesters  
1st through 7th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 30%
8th through 14th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 40%
15th through 21st calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 50%
22nd through 28th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 60%
29th through 35th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 70%
36th through 42nd calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 80%
43rd through 49th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 90%
Thereafter 100%
Date of Official Withdrawal Adjusted Tuition Charges You Pay
1st and 2nd Summer Semesters  
1st through 3rd calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 30%
4th through 7th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 40%
8th through 10th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 50%
11th through 14th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 60%
15th through 17th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 70%
18th through 21st calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 80%
22nd through 24th calendar day after the end of the Drop/Add deadline date 90%
Thereafter 100%
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