Finding yourself in a sudden financial crises is often frightening. There is help available.
First off, breathe. You will get through this.
There is no shame in finding yourself suddenly in trouble. Often, it's through no fault of your own. But even if you did do something stupid and now finding yourself in trouble, do not think that you are the first person to do that! We've all been there, and sometimes failing spectacularly is the best way to learn to keep your life in order. You can and probably will get through this, and will likely be a better person for it.
If you need someone to help you navigate these resources, contact David Logan, Director of Academic Advising, or Assistant Director of Studnent Life, Kari Scott. They will gladly assist you in figuring out what resources are available to help you and how to get back to where you need to be to concentrate on your studies.
Considering leaning on Tuttleman Counseling Services for help keeping your head together. Drop in hours are everyday. Do not hesitate to tell them you're in crisis.
Temple has a Student Emergency Aid Fund to help students through an immediate temporary financial setback. If you are in need of emergency aid, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs' Office at (215) 204-6556.
New! The FAST FUND
There is a gap between financial aid and the cost of attending college, and because students experience economic emergencies such as a lack of food, car breakdowns, job loss or a reduction in work hours that threaten their ability to stay in school, the FAST Fund was founded to offer quick financial relief from incidents that might keep students from continuing their studies and completing their degrees.
- Cherry Pantry is Temple's on-campus food pantry. Located on the second floor or the Student Center, it's open Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons and Thursday evenings.
- List of Local Food Pantries for immediate food. Do not go hungry!
- SNAP (Food Stamps) are a big help if your financial situation has taken a permanent turn (family support sudden changes). It can take a while to get approved, so don't hesitate to use food pantries in the meantime.
- Emergency housing if you need someplace to sleep tonight
- Rental/housing assistance if you need help paying this month's rent, but expect to be back on your feet soon.
- Emergency Solutions Grants is another source for one-time housing help
- Temple Student Health Clinic offers free basic healthcare for all registered students.
- List of Other Medical Bill Resources if you have more extensive bills you can't pay.
if you have a suddent financial change in your life, Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF) can help you get through the immediate situation while you either finish your studies or find a part-time job to get your through your immediate situation. You can be on welfare and be a student for a period of time. It is there to help you, so if you need it, ask for this help!
- Information about TANF (general welfare)
- COMPASS-PA one-stop assistance (TANF and SNAP) website for applying for aid.
- Temple Excused Withdrawal. If you find you need to withdraw from classes during the semester because of an emergency, either a medical issue with yourself, an emergency within your family, or a military deployment, you can apply to withdraw from classes without affecting your GPA. Visit your academic advisor to apply for this.
- Temple Education Leave of Absence (LOA). If you need to take a semester or year off for any reason, make sure you apply for a LOA. Having a valid LOA freezes your degree requirements so when you come back, you complete the same classes. If your program changes or is eliminated while you're off, and you don't have an LOA, you won't be able to return to the same program or you may have different requirements you have to complete, so this is simple, yet very important step. Students can access the Leave of Absence application in TUportal by following the steps below.
- Sign into TUportal
- Under the TUapplications heading, click Enrollment Services.
- In Enrollment Services, click Services.
- In the Services menu, select Leave of Absence.
- Help with your FAFSA if you are homeless.