You may need to reenroll if you are returning to Temple after an absence. If reenrolling, you should be aware that any aid received prior to your absence is not guaranteed to be reoffered upon your return. Reenrolling students are extended a financial aid offer after they register for the upcoming term, as long as Student Financial Services is actively issuing offers for that term. We recommend making an appointment with Student Financial Services once you receive your offer.

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Submit your FAFSA.

You should submit your FAFSA to Temple to be evaluated for any federal or institutional aid. Temple University’s school code is 003371. Students must be accepted into a degree-seeking program for SFS to process their FAFSA.

Since there are two FAFSAs open at any time (current year and next year), please make sure you submit the correct one (or both).

Check for any financial or academic holds.

Financial holds will need to be resolved prior to registering for courses. Students with financial holds will not be able to register or access academic transcripts.

If you have a past due balance (i.e., from a prior semester), you may want to research private loan options to assist. If you are applying for a private student loan, make sure you choose a lender that permits funds to pay a prior semester account balance, or if they have any time frame constraints.

Check your academic progress status with Student Financial Services.  

You must meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) to be eligible for federal student aid. If you are reenrolling at Temple University, any previous attempted or transfer credits will be considered in the SFS calculation for satisfactory academic progress. Your SAP status does not change or absolve itself with time.

To view your satisfactory academic progress status,

  1. log into TUportal,
  2. click on Self-Service Banner,
  3. go the Financial Aid section, and 
  4. click on the Academic Progress tab. 
Monitor TUportal for financial aid requirements and your financial aid offer.

You may need to submit additional documentation to SFS. You can review financial aid requirements on the Cost and Aid tab of TUportal. You are also notified of any outstanding requirements via email.

Your financial aid offer will be an estimate until all financial aid requirements are complete. Some requirements prevent students from receiving a financial aid offer, or the financial aid offer may change once any documentation required has been processed. 

Check current loan totals.

There is a limit to the amount of loans you may borrow each year and in total. Students reenrolling at Temple mid-year may have reduced loan eligibility if they borrowed elsewhere in the same year.

If you have not attended college in at least six months, please make sure your loans are still in good standing. You can use to review if you are in default of any federal student loan funding, including federal Direct and Perkins loans. If you are in default of federal loan funding, then you are not eligible for additional federal student aid and should contact your loan servicer for steps on resolving that default.

Review your lifetime Pell Grant usage.

There is a limit to how much federal Pell Grant aid a student can receive. Check your aid history at to review your current usage and remaining lifetime eligibility. 

Review your Pennsylvania State Grant history.

Eligible Pennsylvania residents may receive a state grant. Students should submit the FAFSA and PA State Grant application by PHEAA's May 1 deadline. Undergraduate students eligible for the PA State Grant have a limit of eight (8) full time semesters (or the equivalent in less than full-time semesters).

The PA State Grant also requires students meet their specific academic progress standards. Failure to meet the PA State Grant academic standard will affect eligibility.

Apply for additional loan funding (if needed). 

If you are a student in need of additional funding, you can consider the federal PLUS loan or a private loan.

Parents of dependent students have the option to apply for a federal PLUS loan. Independent students have the option to apply for private student loan funding. 

You should be aware that all loans are processed for the full year. This means that the amount requested is split in half between fall and spring. The only exceptions to this policy are

  • students enrolling in spring only,
  • students confirmed to graduate in fall,
  • students attending a study abroad,
  • students attending Temple Japan or
  • students paying a prior balance.
Apply for outside scholarships.

As soon as your TUPortal is active, you will be able to access ScholarshipUniverse, our external database of over 15,000 vetted scholarship opportunities. You can answer questions to be matched to multiple scholarship opportunities through a personalized portal. You are alerted whenever you are matched to new scholarship opportunities, and you receive automated reminders about outstanding tasks and next steps. 

External Resources

Does your employer offer tuition remission? If the employer requires direct invoicing from Temple University to send the funding (and no additional requirements such as grade verification is needed), please review the steps for the bursar’s third-party billing. 

Does your employer offer tuition reimbursement? If the employer requires additional information such as grade verification to release the funding, please keep in mind you will still need to have your account balance paid in full by Temple University’s account balance due date to avoid a financial hold. Financial holds will prevent students from accessing their academic transcripts.