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Non-Matriculated Students

Generally to be eligible for financial aid you must be a matriculated student in an approved Temple University degree program. The only exception is for non-matriculated students who are taking courses required for admission into an approved degree program or non-matriculated students enrolled in courses required by the State of Pennsylvania for elementary or secondary teacher certification or recertification. Students taking preparatory coursework that are already accepted into a degree program are not eligible for the exception to receive federal funding.

Non-Matriculated Students (undergraduate or graduate students)

If you are taking courses required for admissions into a degree program, file the FAFSA and complete the Non-Matriculated Student Direct Loan form, then you can be considered for Federal Direct Student Loan funding for a period of 12 consecutive months. The actual amount of Federal loan funding you can borrow will depend upon your dependency status, cost of attendance and financial need.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All Non-Matriculated students who wish to borrow Federal student loan funds must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with Temple University for the enrolled academic year.
  • All Non-Matriculated students who wish to borrow Federal student loan funds must complete the Non-Matriculated Student Direct Loan form.
  • Non-Matriculated students who are required to complete courses as part of admission/entry into a degree granting program may have one year (12 months) of eligibility to borrow a Federal Direct Student Loan and/or Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) based on continual enrollment.
  • Non-Matriculated students must be enrolled at least part-time during a semester (6 credits for undergraduate students and 4.5 credits for graduate students) to qualify for Federal Direct loan funding.
  • A Non-Matriculated dependent student taking courses to receive admission into an undergraduate or graduate program is eligible to receive the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) if their parent receives credit approval. 
  • A Non-Matriculated dependent student taking courses to receive admission into an undergraduate or graduate program whose parent's credit is declined for the Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) may be eligible to receive additional Federal Direct unsubsidized loan funding.
  • A Non-Matriculated Graduate Student cannot borrow a GradPLUS loan.
  • New Federal Direct loan borrowers must complete an Entrance Interview for Federal Student Loan funding online, www.studentloans.gov

Non-Matriculated Student Teacher Certification

Eligibility Requirements:

  • All students who wish to borrow Federal student loan funds must have a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with Temple University for the enrolled academic year.
  • Non-matriculated students who are enrolled in courses required by the State of Pennsylvania for elementary or secondary teacher certification or recertification.
  • All students who wish to borrow Federal student loan funds must complete the Non-Matriculated Student Teacher Certification Loan Eligibility Exception Request form.
  • New Federal Direct loan borrowers must complete an Entrance Interview by going online to www.studentloans.gov
  • The maximum a full-time student may borrow in a year is $5,500 in Federal Direct Subsidized loan funding and up to $7,000 in Federal Direct Unsubsidized loan funding.

NOTE: Optional courses or certification programs that are not required by the state for elementary or secondary teacher certification that a student elects to take for professional recognition or advancement do not qualify.