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:
- be enrolled as a full-time, matriculated student at Temple University at the time of application for a scholarship;
- have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average;
- enroll as a full-time student in the program;
- demonstrate financial need;
- be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.
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
- SMC Departmental Scholarships
- Deadline: Check with department office, 3rd floor Annenberg Hall
- Communication Studies
- Deadline: Check with department office, basement Annenberg Hall
- Deadline: Check with department office, 3rd floor Annenberg Hall
- Media Studies & Production
- Deadline: April 25, 2014
- Strategic Communication
- Deadline: February 28* (check with department office, 2nd floor Weiss Hall)
- Theater, Film & Media Arts Scholarships
- Temple University Scholarships for Continuing Students
- Temple University Scholarships by School/College
- Temple University Memorial Awards
Other relevant scholarships:
- Lagrant Foundation - scholarship for minortiy students – eligible majors include advertising, marketing, public relations and communications
- National Association of Black Journalists
- Asian American Journalists Association
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- The Alexia Foundation
Additional Financial Resources
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 aid includes:
- 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)
- 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 may be available for reduction (complete the required form) 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.
- Authorization to Reduce Federal Loan - submit form to reduce federal loans to enable funds to be available for Summer Study Away
- Summer Parent PLUS Loan Request Form – check here for Summer form
- Private alternative loans
- Important Financial Information
- Gilman Group Advising Sessions for SMC Study Away students
- Study Away Financial Info Sessions - found at the bottom of this page and held in 200 Tuttleman
- Veterans Affairs GI Bill and Study Away
- Study Away Fundraising - GoFundMe.com, GoEnnounce.com, personal fundraising, FundMyTravel.com, IndieGoGo.com, GoOverseas.com, ProjectTravel.com
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for full-time students (6-10 credits)*
PA state residents: $3,372 – $5,620*
Out-of-state residents: $5,274 – $8,790*
PA state residents: $785 per credit, plus university fee of up to $173
Out-of-state residents: $1,083 per credit, plus university fee of up to $173
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:
PA State Residents: $3,754 – $6,043
Out-of-State Residents: $5,656 – $9,213
* Please note that the updated 2014-2015 tuition rates will be available in summer 2014.
** 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