The Temple Promise is a new last-dollar financial aid grant program designed to make a world-class education at Temple University more accessible and affordable regardless of a student’s financial means. By reducing financial barriers, the program ensures ambitious, curious and engaged students admitted to Temple can join our community of learners who make an impact in and out of the classroom.

Program Overview

For the 2024–2025 academic year, the Temple Promise program will begin with qualifying first-year, full-time undergraduate students residing in Philadelphia County who earn admission to the university. It will ease educational costs for families by closing the remaining gap after other financial aid awards are applied toward in-state Pennsylvania undergraduate tuition and eligible fees. 

It is being offered to Philadelphia residents who graduate from high school in spring 2024 and qualify for fall 2024 admission and in-state tuition, with a family adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less as documented on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a last-dollar award, the program covers the remaining tuition and eligible fees after all other aid is applied to a student’s tuition account. Temple is starting with students from Philadelphia County in the 2024–2025 academic year, with the potential of expanding the program’s geographical reach in future years.

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Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Temple Promise financial aid grant program starting in the fall 2024 semester, students must meet the following criteria. 

  • Be admitted to Temple University as a first-year undergraduate student for fall 2024

  • Have a permanent Philadelphia address, legally qualify for Pennsylvania’s in-state tuition and graduate from high school in 2024

  • Attend Temple University’s Ambler or Main Campus

  • Enroll at Temple full-time (12–18 credit hours)

  • Be working toward their first bachelor’s degree

  • File the 2024–2025 FAFSA by April 1, 2024

  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen

  • Have a total family adjusted gross income of $65,000 or less and have financial need as documented on the FAFSA 

If students have already applied to Temple and completed a FAFSA, they will automatically be considered for assistance through the Temple Promise program.

Frequently Asked Questions


If you have questions about the Temple Promise financial aid grant program, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 215-204-7200 or toll-free at 888-340-2222.