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Housing and Financial Aid

Off-Campus Housing and Financial Aid

Students moving from home or the residence halls to an apartment (or other rental unit) may be eligible to receive financial aid to help cover the cost of off-campus living expenses.

  • File the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA by March 1 and indicate your housing plans on the school section of the application. Priority consideration and financial aid funding sources are given to students who apply ON-TIME, after the deadline, financial aid awards will continue to be made, but all funding sources may not be available.
  • Your financial aid budget will be calculated to include a standard cost to live off campus. Because the cost of living off campus is similar to the cost of a housing assignment in Temple University residence halls, your award should be approximately the same as if you were a residence hall student.
  • NOTE: Other factors such as filing a late FAFSA or renewal, family income, taxes paid, and assets etc. will affect your financial aid award.  It is recommended you contact the SFS office with specific questions about your aid eligibility as an off-campus student. 
  • When your total aid is greater than your billable charges for tuition, fees, and meals (if applicable), you will be eligible for a refund which can be used to cover your rent and other living expenses.
  • Refunds are made available at the start of each semester to registered students after all University (billable) charges are satisfied and student financial aid is applied. If you are interested in having your refund directly deposited into your checking or savings account you can sign up for the direct deposit online through the TUportal (Student Tools tab).
  • Refunds not delivered by direct deposit will be checks mailed.

University Housing and Financial Aid

Students residing in University residence halls or University sponsored off-site housing are considered on campus students and will be considered for aid based on tuition and fees, books and University room and board charges.

  • File the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA by March 1st and indicate your housing plans on the school section of the application.  Priority consideration and financial aid funding sources are given to students who apply ON-TIME, after the deadline, financial aid awards will continue to be made, but all funding sources may not be available.
  • Your financial aid budget will be calculated to include the cost of living on campus.  Visit the University Housing and Residential Life website for room and board costs.
  • NOTE:  Other factors such as filing a late FAFSA or renewal, family income, taxes paid, and assets etc. will affect your financial aid award.  It is recommended you contact the SFS office with specific questions about your aid eligibility as an on campus student. 
  • Refunds are made available to registered students after all University (billable) charges are satisfied and student financial aid is applied. If you are interested in having your refund directly deposited into your checking or savings account you can sign up for the direct deposit online through the TUportal (Student Tools tab).
  • Refunds not delivered by direct deposit will be checks mailed.

Commuter Students and Financial Aid

Students residing with a parent(s) or other relative are considered commuter students.

  • File the FAFSA or renewal FAFSA by March 1 and indicate your housing plans on the school section of the application.  Priority consideration and financial aid funding sources are given to students who apply ON-TIME, after the deadline, financial aid awards will continue to be made, but all funding sources may not be available.
  • Your financial aid budget will be calculated to include the cost of  tuition and fees, books and a commuter cost based on estimated transportation expenses.
  • NOTE: Other factors such as filing a late FAFSA or renewal, family income, taxes paid, and assets etc. will affect your financial aid award.  It is recommended you contact the SFS office with specific questions about your aid eligibility as a commuter student. 
  • Refunds are made available to registered students after all university (billable) charges are satisfied and student financial aid is applied. If you are interested in having your refund directly deposited into your checking or savings account you can sign up for the direct deposit online through the TUportal (Student Tools tab).
  • Refunds not delivered by direct deposit will be checks mailed.

changes to housing status

Students that wish to make changes to their housing status should make a FAFSA correction by visiting, www.fafsa.ed.gov. Students should also contact Student Financial Services to advise after the FAFSA change has been successfully completed. And please be aware that some changes in housing status may impact your financial aid eligibility.  For example, if you change from on campus to with parents/relative (commuting) your estimated Cost Of Attendance (COA) will be reduced as the estimated COA for commuting is less than the estimated COA for living on campus. In turn, your financial aid eligibility could also be reduced.