Temple offers an excellent education to talented and motivated students, regardless of their backgrounds or means. It’s why we limit tuition increases and ensure that our students understand their finances. And it’s why all freshman students are automatically considered for academic scholarships.
Like scholarships, grants don’t need to be paid back. They’re awarded according to your financial need and offered by the federal government, state governments and Temple.
Learn more about grants on the Student Financial Services website.
Loans come with interest and are paid back. Consider applying first for government loans, including Parent PLUS and Federal Perkins loans. Government loans often have lower interest rates than private loans and offer the option to begin paying them back after graduation. Check out what kinds of loans are available by visiting the Student Financial Services site.
Earn money to help cover expenses other than tuition by working for Temple on campus or for an employer off campus. Get more information about work-study on the Student Financial Services website.
If you’ve served in the U.S. military, you might qualify for educational benefits. Visit Temple’s Military and Veterans Services Center.
Temple also prepares you for the real world of money management. Visit our online Student Loan and Money Management Center to see how Temple supports financial literacy.
Fly in 4
Did you know that an extra year of tuition is costs the same as a home theater system, 44 smartphones and, most importantly, 52 paychecks?
Temple’s innovative Fly in 4 program provides you with the resources you need to graduate on time. If you participate in Fly in 4 and don’t graduate in four years, your remaining course work is free.
93 percent of the Class of 2019 signed up for Fly in 4.
That’s a lot of smartphones.
Scholarships at Temple
Temple University offers academic scholarships, ranging in amounts up to and including full tuition. Recipients are selected based on the quality of their applications. Learn more about Temple’s academic scholarships for incoming freshmen.
Steve Charles Scholarship Fund
The Steve Charles Scholarship Fund is open to incoming SMC freshmen who graduated from urban high school districts and have financial need. The award is renewable for eight semesters over four years, as long as awardees maintain eligibility. Recipients with demonstrated interests in business, entrepreneurship, technology and urban media are strongly preferred for this award. An application is required for consideration. The deadline is March 15. Apply for the Steve Charles Scholarship Fund.
Scholarship opportunities for continuing students at SMC
SMC also offers several scholarships for continuing students that can be applied toward tuition. The applications for such scholarships can be found here. Please note, available scholarships will not be visible until the date the applications open. This is typically during the first couple weeks of classes in the fall and spring semesters.
A few things to note:
- A Temple GPA is required.
- Scholarship applications are accepted once per semester by the deadlines included here.
- All application materials must be received by their due dates; late materials, including letters of recommendation, will not be accepted.
- Applicants will be notified by email by the end of the semester during which they applied. If you submit an application in the fall, you’ll usually be notified before winter break, which begins in late December. If you apply in the spring, you’ll usually be notified before the end of the spring semester in mid-May.
- Scholarships awarded during the fall application cycle must be applied to the following spring or summer term unless otherwise noted.
- Scholarships awarded during the spring application cycle must be applied to the following summer or fall term unless otherwise noted.
- If your plans change and you need to use the scholarship in a future semester, you must reapply. If your plans change, an updated essay is required. The amount of your scholarship might be reduced with any change of plans, and you may become ineligible as a result of it.
- If you’re applying the scholarship toward study away, you must be participating in a Temple program offered by Education Abroad, SMC, or another department or school at Temple University. Participation in an external, non-Temple program renders you ineligible. Temple’s acceptance of credits to transfer from another program does not mean that the program from which the credits are approved is a Temple program. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenner Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 1987 by the Energy Education Advisory Council. The Brenner Scholarship Fund is open to SMC students in any major in senior year, and the award amount varies. A 3.5 GPA is required.
Donald H. Fey Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund provides scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the School of Media and Communication who have financial need and are military veterans.
George P. and Martina Jennings Endowed Scholarship Fund
The fund was established in honor of the Jenningses by their family. The George P. and Martina Jennings Endowed Scholarship Fund is open to SMC students in any major in junior year; the award amount varies. Students must demonstrate financial need and a 3.0 GPA or higher is recommended.
The John H. MacDonald Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2004 by friends and colleagues to honor Temple University Alumni Association Executive Director John MacDonald’s 40 years of service to Temple. It is open to out-of-state SMC students with financial need; preference is given to Massachusetts residents. The award amount varies, and a 3.0 GPA is recommended.
Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship
In honor of Lew Klein, the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship was established by H.F. “Gerry” and Marguerite Lenfest and Walter and Leonore Annenberg through the Annenberg Foundation. This scholarship requires awardees to be registered for academic credit for an independent study project, an internship or an internship program, or a study away program offered by Temple University. It’s open to all SMC students in their sophomore, junior or senior year. A 3.0 GPA is required, and the award amount varies. Students are only eligible to receive this scholarship once during their college career.
Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Martha Menei Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 through a bequest from the estate of Martha Menei, a longtime friend of Temple. This scholarship is open to juniors majoring in Advertising, Film and Media Arts, and Strategic Communication (only with a declared concentration in Public Relations). The application cycle happens in the fall, and the award of $5,000 is given in the subsequent spring semester. A 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizenship are required. Students are only eligible to receive this scholarship once during their college career.
Media and Communication Scholarship Fund
Established in 1968 by former Dean Kenneth Harwood, the Media and Communication Scholarship Fund is open to all SMC students. The award amount varies, and a 3.0 GPA is recommended.
Michael Buser Endowed Scholarship Fund
The Michael Buser Endowed Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Michael Buser, SMC ’76. It is open to any SMC student who demonstrates financial need. The award amount varies, and a 3.0 GPA is recommended.
Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women Endowed Scholarship
The Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women Endowed Scholarship is open to juniors majoring in Advertising, Film and Media Arts, and Strategic Communication (only with a declared concentration in Public Relations)—regardless of gender. Students must be juniors when they apply (in the fall semester) and receive this scholarship in the subsequent spring semester. A 3.0 GPA and U.S. citizenship are required. The award amount is $3,500.
The Robert Shackleton Endowed Scholarship Fund
This fund is open to students majoring in Film and Media Arts, Theater or Media Studies and Production and gives preference to those interested in onscreen or public performance. Students must have completed two or more years of undergraduate course work and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. They also must have a demonstrated interest in public performance and demonstrated financial need.