Many students may find they need support beyond financial aid in order to afford food, utilities, and other basic needs. You may be eligible for programs that reduce your expenses and/or help you cover them.
- To explore these options, we encourage you to:
- call BenePhilly at 1-833-373-5868, download MyCompass PA app, or visit COMPASS.state.pa.us.
- If you pay for utility bills, consider signing up for the gas and electric savings programs to help reduce costs. When you call, remember that for many programs only the income of your household matters—not your parents’ household—and often financial aid does not count as income.
- For information on the expanded SNAP eligibility visit, SNAP Eligibility | USDA-FNS
- For information on free, local Federal Tax Filing visit, https://cwfphilly.org/
- For information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit (internet service) visit, Emergency Broadband Benefit | Federal Communications Commission (fcc.gov)
- Federal Pell grant recipients are eligible to apply.
- For information on Unemployment Benefits for Philadelphia students, https://philalegal.org/explore-legal-issue
- For information on Free Civil Legal Assistance for low-income Philadelphians, https://clsphila.org/
The Temple University Dean of Students Office resources:
Temple University Beasley School of Law resource:
The Hope Center resources:
- Resources for students.
- Philadelphia-area resources to help with a student's basic needs (including: income, food, housing, healthcare, parenting & childcare, transportation, online learning resources, self-care, legal needs (UE benefit issues, citizenship, etc.).
- Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students
- Resources for #RealCollegePHL Students