Communities & Organizations in NYC: Financial Information

Course fees and estimated additional costs for the Communities & Organizations in NYC Program are outlined below, as is information about scholarships that can be applied towards the program costs.

Communities & Organizations in NYC program applicants are encouraged to apply for SMC Scholarships.

SMC Study Away Scholarship
A limited number of scholarships are available to qualified Temple students. The amount of the scholarships varies and is based on need and merit. The awards will range from $250-1,000 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. Please apply using the program application form.

NYC Commuter Scholarship
All commuter applicants will automatically receive a commuter scholarship which will cover their commuting costs for one round trip each week of the program. The scholarship award will be approximately $310 and it will cover costs for a return Boltbus ticket from Philadelphia for all 11 weeks of the program. Students who commute from somewhere other than Philadelphia, will still receive the Commuter Scholarship as all commuter students will receive the same award for commuting.  Since this is an automatic award, no application is necessary.


In order to qualify for one of the scholarships above, excluding the NYC Commuter Scholarship, 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;
  3. enroll as a full-time student in the 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

Other relevant scholarships:

Additional Financial Resources

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

Tuition and Fees

Per university policy, Temple students will be charged their home school tuition regardless of participation in a program offered through the School of Media and Communication. See the Bursar’s website to calculate your tuition rate.

Tuition for full-time students (6-10 credits)*
PA state residents: $3,624 – $6,040*
Out-of-state residents: $5,526 – $9,210*

Graduate Tuition
PA state residents: $865 per credit hour*
Out-of-state residents: $1,163 per credit hour*

* Please note that the tuition rates listed above are simply an example of the applicable tuition rates for a student whose home school is the School of Media and Communication. All students are strongly encouraged to calculate their individual tuition rate.

Course Fees:

Because of its proximity to Philadelphia and a classes that meet all day on Saturday for the duration of the summer, the NYC program allows for a great deal of flexibility for students to choose where they want to live and whether or not they are interested in interning or completing an independent project for the experience course.  Internships in New York City are extremely competitive, especially during the summer when it seems that the best and brightest from around the world convene in the city that never sleeps for internships.  If you are interested in interning in NYC, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the program as early as possible during the Fall semester so that you can begin the internship search process immediately after enrolling in the program.

Students must either find their own housing in New York, or commute from surrounding areas (including Philadelphia).

Course Fee: $275**
University Services Fee: $132-$173

Estimate Totals for Billed Expenses (for undergraduate SMC students):
PA State Residents: $4,031 – $6,488
Out-of-State Residents: $5,933 – $9,658

** Course fees includes all program related trips and excursions (during class on Saturday), which are described in greater detail on the Student Life page here and do not include housing or meals, but kitchen facilities may be available depending upon where students independently arrange to live.  The course fee inclusions and options for housing can also be found on the same page.

Included in the Tuition and Program Fee:

  • Two to Three SMC courses, including an internship/experience, with a focus on the institutions and communities in New York City (6-10 credits)
  • Group field trips in and around New York City and entry to approximately twelve museums and sites
  • An orientation session and a tour of the city

Other Estimated Costs:

  • University Services Fee: up to $173
  • Metrocard for NYC subways: $250  You can find pricing here for unlimited ride monthly passes.
  • Meals $1,000: This will vary depending on style of living.
  • Daily Expenses: This will vary depending on style of living and housing location: $1,000-$2,000
  • Roundtrip train from Philadelphia (Amtrak): $100/trip