Scholarships and Financial Aid

Program fees and estimated additional costs for all programs are listed on the individual financial information program pages.  Below you’ll find information about study away scholarship opportunities as well as financial information to help you plan for your study away experience.

Below you will find information on the following topics:

Scholarship opportunities:
SMC Study Away Scholarships

Temple University and SMC Scholarships
Outside Scholarships for Study Abroad
Other relevant scholarships

Additional Funding Sources (excluding scholarships) such as: Temple grants, State Grants, Federal Grants, Federal Loans (Perkins, Direct, Parent Plus, etc.) and Private Alternative Loans
Additional Financial Resources including: Financing Study Away (and Scholarship Advising) Information Sessions, billing due dates, refunds during study away, Veteran Affairs & the GI Bill, fundraising for study away, and more!

SMC Study Away Scholarships

Apply for the scholarships below using the program applications. During the 2012 – 2013 academic year, SMC Study Away awarded nearly $100,000 in study away scholarships!

Diane M. Rencevicz Memorial Scholarship
Students studying at the Temple London Program in the fall or spring would be eligible for a $5,000 scholarship awarded in memory of Diane M. Rencevicz. Students must have financial need, and the recipient is selected by the London Scholarship Committee. The award should be used for tuition, room and/or board on the London semester program.  One scholarship per semester is awarded and all students that apply for SMC Study Away scholarships (described below) while submitting an application for the program are considered for this scholarship.

SMC Study Away Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified Temple students for study on Temple University School of Media and Communication Study Away programs. The amount of the scholarships varies and is based on need and merit. The awards will range from $500-3,000 and the amount of the award is determined by SMC Study Away in consultation with Temple’s financial aid office. Awards will be given depending upon the amount of funds available.


In order to qualify for one of the scholarships above, you must:

  1. be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated student at Temple University at the time of application for a scholarship;
  2. have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (strongly preferred);
  3. enroll as a full-time student in an SMC Study Away program;
  4. demonstrate financial need;
  5. be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.

Additional Scholarships

A recent survey conducted by Diamond Edge Communications found that just 36% of students applied for scholarships for study away!  Don’t miss out on the opportunities that exist to help you fund these experiences!  The next set of scholarships are available to Temple University students and can be used for study away program expenses.

Temple University and SMC Scholarships

  • SMC Scholarships
    • Deadlines: Typically October 1 for Spring awards and February 15 for Summer and Fall awards
  • Ann and Randy Hart Passport Scholarship – Temple freshmen and transfer students are eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of a new passport during their first year
  • Rudman/TUTV Scholarship
    During select semesters, TUTV may offer a stipend to a Temple London student for stories produced while studying abroad.  The student‘s work will likely appear on Temple Update and will also be posted on TUTV‘s website and social media accounts. Prior to departure, all Temple London students will receive further information about this opportunity which will include a description of the program and objectives, eligibility requirements, application instructions, award amount, etc.  Temple Update hosts a website of all Temple London reports, along with reports from study abroad students from a variety of other locations, on their website, which you should review if this opportunity interests you.
  • SMC Departmental Scholarships
  • Theater, Film & Media Arts Scholarships
    • Theater
      • Deadlines vary.  Check website and with department office in Tomlinson Theater
    • Film & Media Arts
      • Deadlines vary.  Check with department office, 1st floor Annenberg Hall
  • Temple University Scholarships for Continuing Students
  • Temple University Scholarships by School/College
  • Temple University Memorial Awards

Outside Scholarships for Study Abroad

Study abroad scholarships can be used on all SMC Study Away programs except the Communities & Organizations in NYC program and the domestic locations on the Global Internship program.  Some of these scholarships have multiple application cycles per academic year while others will only have one deadline for all scholarship awards for the year so you are advised to research each scholarship thoroughly and plan ahead.

London/UK and Ireland Specific Scholarships:

South Africa Scholarships:

Other relevant scholarships:

Additional Funding Sources

Student Financial Services and Study Away – information specifically for study away/abroad.

  • Temple Summer Financial Aid is applied automatically in early April on a first-come first-serve basis to eligible students that are registered for courses beginning in Summer 1 until all aid is exhausted and the aid that’s offered, if any, will depend on student’s eligibility.  Temple Grants and Federal Perkins Loans are applied automatically while other types of aid may require forms for authorization and/or additional short applications.
  • Examples of possible summer financial aid fuding sources include:
    • Please note: all links listed below can be found on the Student Financial Services Summer Financial Aid page and contain further descriptions than listed here.
    • Temple Grants ($750 or less, typically; only available for students taking courses that begin during Summer 1)
    • Federal Perkins Loans (typically $1200 or less; only available for students taking courses that begin during Summer 1)
    • Federal Pell Grant (eligibility is determined by SFS based on remaining annual eligibility)
    • PHEAA State Grant (other states may offer grants, too, listed at the bottom of this page)
      • Strict summer eligibility requirements: must complete PHEAA online application, must be registered for minimum of six credits, coursework and registration must start in summer 1 and end in summer 2, must submit a letter from SMC Study Away to confirm program dates and awards will not be made until the drop/add period for Summer 2 passes (typically in late July).
    • Federal Direct Loans from the fall and/or spring may be available for reduction (complete the required form from SFS, linked below) for use in the summer if you have not received the maximum amount of Federal Direct Loan eligibility during the previous fall and spring semesters, or have increased in grade level.
    • Federal Direct Summer Parent PLUS Loan – NOTE: Summer Parent PLUS applications are separate from approved fall/spring PLUS applications and should be completed after April 1st for loans for the approaching summer.
    • Private alternative loans: students may apply for alternative student loans through private lenders. Dependent students typically need a credit-worthy co-signer on their loan application and the maximum private alternative loan amount available is your cost of attendance less all other financial aid you expect to receive for the summer.

Additional Financial Resources

Check out these two videos from SMC Study Away students that have funded a large portion, or in Brianna’s case, her entire experience, through scholarships!

Brianna Prime, Strategic Communication Major, Public Relations Concentration, International Communication Concentration and Spanish Minor was featured as “Temple Made” student due to her many accomplishments while at Temple, most notably graduating in just three and a half years while also studying abroad three times (Temple Dublin Summer 2012, Temple Barcelona, Summer 2014)!  Brianna also funded her entire summer interning abroad in Barcelona through scholarships such as the Diamond Ambassador Scholarship, the Lew Klein Scholarship, the Martha Menei Scholarship and the Media and Communication Scholarship!

As part of his follow on project, Josh Arnold, Temple London Spring 2011, Theater Major and recipient of the Gilman Scholarship and the Lew Klein Scholarship, produced this video to promote study abroad and the Gilman Scholarship!