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Financial aid policies


Adjustments to Aid

Student Financial Services (SFS) may review and possibly revise financial aid awards throughout the year. Most financial aid awards are based on the assumption that students will enroll as full-time students. This is twelve (12) credits for undergraduates and nine (9) credits for graduate students. Thus, if students change their status from full-time to part-time, or withdraw during a semester, an aid adjustment may be necessary. Other contributing factors include changes to academic progress, anticpated graduation date, FAFSA information, additional awards, and housing status.

Students that need to purchase a desktop or laptop computer device for educationally related usage at Temple University may request to request a financial aid adjustment. The Request for Financial Aid Adjustment for Studnt Electronic Device Purchase form is available in the Forms sections of this website. 


Conditions of Award


The granting of any federal aid (Pell, SEOG, Direct Loans, Federal Work-Study) is contingent upon:

  • The authorization and appropriation of funds for each program by the federal government;
  • Temple University's funding level for each program;
  • Any changes in federal regulations that affect your eligibility status;
  • Final approval of the University budget at projected funding levels.

You will be notified only if it is necessary to revise your aid as explained above.

Your financial aid award is based on information you and your family submitted on the application materials. It is your responsibility to notify the Student Financial Services Office of any change in your or your family's circumstances. This includes the receipt of any additional financial aid or other resources not indicated on your award letter. If such a change does take place, we reserve the privilege of reviewing and possibly revising your aid.

Use of Aid

Unless you have received a specific, written statement to the contrary, financial aid may only be used if you are enrolled in a degree-granting program or other approved program at Temple University.

Enrolled Credit Requirement

Unless noted otherwise on your award letter, your award is based upon full-time enrollment for both semesters of the academic year (12 credits per semester for an undergraduate student and 9 credits per semester for a graduate student). If you are enrolled less than full-time, your aid will be adjusted accordingly, up to and  including possible cancellation of aid.

It is your responsibility to notify the Student Financial Services Office of any change in enrollment status per semester.

Graduate Students

If you will be receiving a tuition scholarship, assistantship, or any other aid from your department or the Graduate School, you should inform the Student Financial Services Office in writing immediately. An adjustment to your loan eligibility may be necessary.

Return of Funds

Students receiving federal aid should be aware that Department of Education regulations govern the refund and repayment of aid when a student withdraws before completion of the semester for which aid has been received. Students receiving Pennsylvania state aid should also be aware that Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) regulations govern the refund and repayment of state aid when a student withdraws before completion of the semester for which aid has been received.

Federal student aid and some state aid is based on the percentage of time you are enrolled for the semester. Depending on when you withdraw, your student aid will be adjusted according to the Federal Return of Title IV formula, state grant refund calculation, and institutional policy. Tuition may be adjusted and you will most likely owe money to the University if you withdraw. 

For more information, see the following. 

For student financial aid purposes, 12 or more credits is considered full-time enrollment for undergraduate students; 9 or more credits is considered full-time for graduate students.

Withdrawing from the University will cancel your financial aid for future semesters. If you process a re-enrollment request for an upcoming semester, please contact the Student Financial Services office to request consideration for reinstatement of your aid.

Unofficial Withdrawal

An unofficial withdrawal occurs when a student does not successfully complete any of their courses (i.e, received all F grades), stopped attending classes and did not complete any of the coursework as of the 60% point of the semester or term without officially withdrawing from the university, as required. A student who has unofficially withdrawn may be required to repay up to 50% of the total financial aid received for that semester or term.

Students who never attended any of their classes and did not complete any coursework are required to repay 100% of the financial aid received for the semester or term.  

Duration and Renewal of Aid

Students are required to re-apply annually for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing deadline is March 1 for the following academic year. The FAFSA becomes available October 1st for the following academic year. Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to complete PHEAA applications prior to May 1st.



The FAFSA priority filing deadline is March 1 of each year. Your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed and received by the Federal Processing Center by this date. The importance of meeting this deadline cannot be overstated. While there are some types of aid (e.g., Pell Grants and Direct Loans) for which you qualify for after this deadline, it is likely that you will receive substantially less total aid if your application is late.

It is the University's position that the student applicant is accountable for the accurate and timely submission of the FAFSA. We make the application deadline known and available to all students in many different ways and through a variety of communication methods.

NOTE: There is a reference on the FAFSA/Renewal Application to "State Aid Deadlines." Do not be misled by these dates. These dates are when the FAFSA must be filed to be considered for aid from your home state. It is NOT the financial aid application deadline at Temple University or most other colleges.

NOTE: In order to be reviewed for Federal Financial Aid, Temple University must have your correct, complete FAFSA by your last day of enrollment for the academic year.


Dependency Override Appeal Process

Students who do not meet any of the criteria to be considered an Independent Student on the FAFSA, or who are experiencing unusual or extenuating circumstances that prevent them from listing parental information can apply for a Dependency Override. Students can log into their SFS Dashboard at and click on the red "Request" button in the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, select the green plus button for the Dependency Appeal for 2018-19. This will direct the student to submit a brief explanation of events before completing a more detailed form regarding the extenuating circumstances. Documentation related to the appeal will be requested once the appeal form is completed. Please do not email, mail or fax documentation to our office. The Dashboard is the most secure and fastest method to submit documentation to our office. 

Listed below are some of the circumstances our office can consider for a Dependency Override:

  • Voluntary/Involuntary removal from the parents' home due to an abusive situation that threatens the student's mental or physical health.
  • Incarceration of both parents.
  • Incarceration or Death of the custodial parent and the whereabouts of the non-custodial parent are unknown.
  • Whereabouts of both parents are unknown and another person has legal custody of the student.

The conditions listed below do not, either individually or in combination, qualify as unusual circumstances for a Dependency Override:

  • Parent(s) refuse to contribute to the student's education.
  • Parent(s) are unwilling to provide information on the FAFSA or documents for the Verification process.
  • Parent(s) do not claim the student as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • Parent(s) live overseas.
  • The student is self-sufficient.

Students will need to supply a personal statement explaining the circumstances that prevent the student from supplying FAFSA information for the parent(s). Supporting documentation from a Third Party is required. Acceptable third parties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Counselors or Teachers
  • Clergy or Community Groups
  • Government Agencies
  • Medical Personnel
  • Courts or Prison Administrators

Appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Dependency Overrides do not automatically renew, so students will be required to request a new appeal each academic year.


Disbursement of Financial Aid

Registered student's financial aid disburses to the account at the beginning of each semester. All financial aid will disburse directly to the Temple University student account to pay all direct charges on the account first. If there is a credit balance on your account after disbursement, the excess will be refunded. 

2017-2018 Disbursement dates

Listed below are the tentative disbursement dates for the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters. Please keep in mind that the dates listed are the earliest possible dates the funds will be released to the student accounts. It is not guaranteed that the financial aid will arrive on the exact date. In order for any student to be eligible for loan funds, he/she must be enrolled at least half-time (6 credits for undergraduate students and 4.5 credits for graduate students) at the time the funds are disbursed to the account.

Pennsylvania State funding (PHEAA grant) doesn't have a specific date for disbursement listed, because the Student Financial Services office must verify eligibility (i.e. enrollment, degree program, academic progress) before the funds are released to the student account. The review process occurs once the semester begins and is done throughout the semester.


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State Funding

Institutional Funding

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Identity Confirmation Practices

Confidentiality:   In order to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our students (as federally required under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act—FERPA), SFS staff members cannot disclose any non-directory student information to anyone other than the student unless the student has given specific written consent.

  1. Student Identify Confirmation in Person: The preferred method for confirming student identity is the student’s personal presentation of a valid Temple University Identification card (TUid/Owl Card), driver’s license, or passport (picture ID).
  2. Student Identify Confirmation on Telephone: Over the phone, student identity will be verified by asking a series of questions: full name, date of birth, and student identification number (TUid). To preserve the privacy of student records, SFS reserves the right to deny telephone service to a caller if the identity of the caller cannot be confirmed or is in doubt.
  3. Dependent Student Custodial Parent Confirmation in Person: Custodial parent identity will be verified by asking a series of questions: full name of student and parent, student identification number (TUid), and parent date of birth as reported on the FAFSA.
  4. Dependent Student Custodial Parent Confirmation on Telephone: Custodial parent identity will be verified by asking a series of questions: full name of student and parent, student identification number (TUid), and parent date of birth as reported on the FAFSA. To preserve the privacy of student records, SFS reserves the right to deny telephone service to a caller if the identity of the caller cannot be confirmed or is in doubt.
  5. Independent Student Parent(s) on Telephone or In-Person: No student-specific financial aid information will be released to the parents of students considered independent for financial aid purposes, including parents that are required to provide information on the FAFSA for Health Professions Loan Program purposes.
  6. Email: Identity is verified via email being generated by a student’s Temple University email address. If the student has not yet established a Temple University email account, the request must be generated from the email address listed on the student’s FAFSA application.

FERPA Waiver: A student may consent to the release of information from education records (including financial aid records) to parents, guardians or other appropriate persons. The students may provide the university with their consent by completing the FERPA waiver online via the TUPortal – Students log-in, select the “Self-Service Banner” link, then select “Student” tab, under “Main Menu” select “FERPA”. 

Parents, Guardians and Relatives of Temple Students: SFS staff members cannot disclose specific financial information reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to anyone other than the Parent whose data is reported on the student’s FAFSA. (Even if you are named on the FERPA waiver)


Change of Financial Circumstances

Temple University strives to offer our families the best financial aid awards possible within the boundaries of federal, state, and university funding. However, we understand the FAFSA does not always capture the most accurate financial snapshot of your household, and that certain circumstances may present your family with unique financial challenges. If your family’s finances have changed drastically since filing either your 2016 taxes or the 2018-19 FAFSA, please find the necessary instructions for submitting an appeal below. Requesting an appeal does not guarantee an adjustment can be made to the financial aid award, and the review process will require our office to request additional documentation. This can take several weeks to complete. Any appeals accepted for review will need to be verified first. For more information on the Verification process, please see the Verification section. Appeals are only considered for additional PELL grant eligibility only.

For Returning Students: Family Contribution Appeals may be requested through the Dashboard beginning February 1, 2018. Please do not submit letters or emails to our office to request an appeal, as we only accept appeals through the Dashboard. Students need to complete the 2018-19 FAFSA before submitting an appeal. Students can log into the Temple Dashboard at and click on the red "Request" button in the upper right hand side of the screen. Then, select the green plus button for the Family Contribution Appeal for 2018-19. This will direct the student to submit a brief explanation of events before completing a more detailed form regarding the circumstances of the financial change. Documentation related to the appeal will be requested once the appeal form is completed. The deadline for submitting appeal requests for all students is July 1, 2018. Appeals submitted after June 1, 2018 are not guaranteed to be completed by the August 22 fall bill due date. 

Prospective Students: Incoming students are encouraged to base their admissions decision on the award letter currently offered. They may also log into the Temple Dashboard and request an appeal once they receive an admissions decision.

Newly admitted students need to be aware that we are not able to guarantee appeals are completed in time for the May 1 enrollment deposit deadline - we ask that you make the decision to attend based on current award offers. 

Listed below are the circumstances our office can consider when reviewing appeals:

  • Death of a principal wage earner (i.e. father, mother, stepfather, stepmother, spouse, etc.) since filing the FAFSA
  • Loss of full-time employment prior to June 30, 2018 - We are unable to review until the wage earner has been unemployed for at least ten (10) weeks.
  • Permanent reduction in full-time employment- Generally, only a significant reduction in employment/salary will make an impact to the student's financial aid award. We cannot consider a reduction in commission, bonuses, seasonal employment, or fluctuation in self-employment income.
  • Marital Separation prior to June 30, 2018 or Divorce - Please refer to the Who is My Parent? guidelines when determining which parent's information must be reported on the FAFSA.
    • Businesses and/or rental properties jointly owned by both parents will further complicate the appeal and may not be able to be excluded.
    • Parents that continue to file as 'married' on their Federal Income Tax Return and received an approved appeal in a prior year are not guaranteed to be considered separated for purposes of financial aid awarding for subsequent financial aid years. 
    • Our office may request additional documentation, such as a copy of the signed 1040, after reviewing the initial documentation submitted.
    • If the biological parents are divorced and the custodial parent is remarried, the stepparent's information must be included on the FAFSA.
  • Significant out-of-pocket medical expenses incurred in 2017 or 2018 - We will only consider Medical Expenses paid in 2017 or 2018 even if they were incurred in a previous year. Expenses must be paid, or a billing arrangement agreed to, in order to be considered.
  • Loss of child support payments received in the current year
  • Other circumstances causing significant decrease in family resources in 2017

Listed below are some of the circumstances our office cannot consider when reviewing appeals:

  • Debts incurred due to outstanding tax liability, credit cards, mortgage(s), student loans, and/or parent PLUS loans
  • Utilities, household incidentals,and/or home improvement expenses
  • Withdrawals from a retirement fund or one-time capital gains payouts
  • Reduction in income due to lack of commission, fluctuation in self employment earnings, bonus or seasonal employment
  • Reduction in income due to lifestyle choice(s) 
  • Cost of college tuition and/or private elementary or high school tuition
  • Bankruptcy
  • Unemployment that ended prior to 2017

Please note: If you have incorrectly reported information on the FAFSA application, this review could negatively impact your EFC resulting in a loss or reduction of your current financial aid. Please review the information on your FAFSA application for accuracy before submitting an appeal. One way to help ensure that you have reported accurate tax information is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to import your taxes directly from the IRS. If your EFC is already between 0 and 1000, this appeal will have no impact on your eligibility as you have already been given the maximum aid available.

Note for perspective students: Our office recommends that you make your decision to attend Temple University based on your current financial aid award. Submitting an appeal does not extend the deadline for making your tuition and/or housing deposit, nor does it guarantee additional aid. 


Outside Scholarships

If you receive a scholarship from your high school or other outside organization, you must submit a copy of your award letter as soon as you receive it to Student Financial Services. The check should be submitted to the Bursar's Office.SFS office will apply all scholarship awards to the student account for the year (evenly split between the fall and spring terms) once the Bursar receives payment. More information can be found on the Outside Scholarships page.

Federal regulations stipulate that students may not exceed their overall financial need or costs. If you are receiving institutional need-based aid and receive a scholarship that exceeds your need-based eligibility, your award may be adjusted. Contact SFS for specific information.


Professional Judgment (Special Circumstances) 

Sometimes special circumstances can impact a student’s financial aid situation, including a change in family circumstances, traumatic events or reductions in income that may occur while you're at Temple. This may result in the need to clarify your situation with the Student Financial Services office. 

  • Students that require information regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) should review the Temple University SAP standards and appeal forms available. All deadlines are listed on the appropriate SAP appeal form.
  • Students that require information regarding the Dependency Override process should initiate the review in the SFS Dashboard
  • Students/Parents that require information regarding the Income Reduction Review Process should review the published policy information above.    

Please note that a request for Professional Judgment (Special Circumstances) consideration does not guarantee the receipt of new or additional financial aid. Our ability to help will depend on the unique circumstances of the request, the strength of the documentation provided and the availability of financial aid funding at the time of the result.

Repeated Coursework

The US Department of Education repeated coursework regulation affect students who repeat courses. The regulation may impact your financial aid eligibility and awards, including Pell Grant, SEOG Grant, Direct Loans, Federal Work-Study and institutional funding. The regulation prevents financial aid from paying for a course that has been passed and repeated more than one time. In order for a repeated course to be counted towards your enrollment status for financial aid purposes, you may only repeat a previously passed course once (a total of two attempts). If you enroll in a previously repeated and passed course for a third time, this course will not count towards your enrollment for financial aid purposes. Examples of repeated courses: 

  • Allowable: Repeated courses may be included if the student received an 'F' or 'NC' grade. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade. Grades of A, B, C, D, P or CR (Credit) are considered passing grades.
  • Allowable: Student is enrolled in 15 credit hours which includes 3 credits repeating a previously passed course. Because the student is enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which are not repeats, the student's financial aid eligibility is not impacted by the repeat.
  • Not permissible: Student receives a D in a course and decides to repeat the course to improve his/her GPA. The student may repeat this passed course one time, but if the student wants to repeat it a second time, the second repeat would not count for financial aid eligibility.


When counting credits to determine aid eligibility for that semester, many repeated classes will be excluded from the financial aid eligible credit count. This may mean less Pell Grant if the eligible credits are less than 12 credits, or no subsidized/unsubsidized loans if the financial aid eligible credits are less than 6 credits for undergraduate students (less than 5 for graduate students). Repeated credits that are determined to be ineligible for financial aid will also impact eligibility for scholarships and work-study positions.

  • A student can be paid on a repeated course IF the class was never previously passed.
  • A student can also be paid for repeating a previously passed course as long it is the first repeat of the course.

1st Attempt

2nd Attempt/first repeat

3rd Attempt/second repeat

Is Class eligible for FA for the Enrolled Semester

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Course 2





Course 3





Course 4





Course 5





Explanation of the Above Examples:

  1. Credits are excluded from the financial aid eligible credits because it is the second time the course is being repeated and it was previously passed. 
  2. Yes, these credits may be counted, even though it was previously passed, because it is the first time the course is being repeated.
  3. No, this course was previously passed and this is the third attempt. Two attempts is the maximum attempts these credits can count towards financial aid eligibility, because the course has been passed.
  4. No, the class credits are no longer considered for financial aid eligibility because it has been previously passed and this is the second time it is being repeated.
  5. Yes, because this course has never been passed so may still be counted towards financial aid eligible credits.

Details of the regulation:

  • Repeated enrollment that is not aid eligible will be excluded from the student's enrollment status for the term.  
  • Federal Title IV financial aid will be recalculated based on the student's adjusted enrollment status.
  • This recalculation will be applied regardless of whether a student received aid for previous course enrollments.
  • Some courses are repeatable per institution policy such as continuing research, thesis hours etc. and are not restricted by these regulations. 
  • Wait-listed courses do not count toward official enrollment status for financial aid purposes.
  • All repeated courses do affect financial aid satisfactory academic progress calculations. A repeated course along with the original attempt must be counted as attempted credits.

Financial aid will not pay for repeat classes for which an incomplete grade (‘I’) or missing grade ('MG') was previously assigned. All enrollments of a class will count toward the total number of attempted credit hours when calculating completion ratios and maximum time frames as they relate to satisfactory academic progress (refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for additional information).

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Student Financial Services (SFS) is required by federal regulation to monitor student progression toward completion of degree and certificate programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Standard includes a quantitative (time-based) and qualitative (grade-based) measure of progress.

The quantitative measure states that the student must maintain a specific "earned credit" percentage rate of credits to remain eligible for financial aid. The qualitative measure requires maintaining a GPA that meets the minimum standard necessary to maintain Academic Good Standing according to Temple University policy (refer to the Undergraduate Academic Warning, Probation and Dismissal Policy information). Graduate students refer to your college for GPA requirements.  

Undergraduate Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Eligibility Review:

Academic records are reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Services once the Office of the University Registrar completes the end of semester processing review (this can be 1-2 weeks after finals week). The SFS review will determine current academic progress and future student financial aid eligibility. Students who have met the minimum percentage requirement, and who are in good academic standing according to University policy (GPA requirement), and who have not exceeded the maximum time frame to complete their degree programs (see the SAP policy PDF link above), are considered to have maintained satisfactory academic progress and are eligible for financial aid.

Appeal Process:

Students that have lost eligibility for financial aid may submit a written appeal in order to regain financial aid eligibility. The SAP appeal form will become available in the Forms section of this website (for Fall 2018 the appeal will become available August 1st). The SFS office will make every effort possible to process appeals received by the priority deadline so that we may notify student of the decision before the end of the semester's drop/add period (see Office of the University Registrar Academic Calendar for deadline date). However, please be aware that students may not receive a decision before the drop/add period. All students are financially responsible for semester charges regardless of financial aid eligibility. 

The priority deadline for submitting a SAP appeal varies per term, however the SAP appeal form will always list the specific date. Appeals received after a published final deadline will not be considered, and incomplete appeals will be automatically denied. All appeals will be considered by a committee and their decision is final.

Because of the short time period between the end of the spring semester and the start of the summer session(s), appeals for summer will not be considered.