Financial aid and scholarships

Entering first-year students are strongly encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial aid. Financial aid awards are based on financial need, availability of funds, the number of eligible applicants and scholastic promise. A typical financial aid package may include grants, loans and work-study. 

For scholarship opportunities through Temple, please visit Student Financial Services or contact them at or 215-204-2244. 

Portfolio scholarships
We encourage all full-time, incoming Tyler undergraduate applicants for the fall semester to apply for portfolio scholarships. These scholarships are merit-based and need-based tuition scholarships, dependent upon available funding. 

Portfolio scholarships must include:

  • 10 images, including a self-portrait in any media 
  • A personal statement based on three questions:
    o    How can the Tyler School of Art and Architecture support you in your personal and professional goals?
    o    Describe the process of making a piece you were really proud of.
    o    Who or what influenced you to pursue an art education?

Portfolio scholarships must be uploaded to Temple SlideRoom. SlideRoom charges a one-time $10 fee for this service. Do not send and portfolio materials or original work through the mail—these will not be accepted and will not be reviewed or returned. 

In addition to portfolio scholarships, a number of scholarships are awarded through Temple University to Tyler students based on academic achievement. Tyler students may also compete for scholarships for athletics or band. 

Incoming first-year students can learn more about funding opportunities at Temple’s Student Financial Services Office. Learn even more about scholarships and grants here.

If you continue as an enrolled Tyler student, you may be nominated for scholarships or awards based on academic and/or studio achievement. These scholarships may be granted for study abroad, special summer programs or tuition. 

ACE Mentorship Scholarship (Architecture programs applicants only)
This scholarship is available to students who have been a part of the ACE Mentorship Program and is available to a first-year, incoming student in the Architecture programs (Architecture Undeclared, Architecture, Facilities Management and Historic Preservation). Deadline for submission for this scholarship is March 1. 

For more information about the ACE Mentorship Scholarship, please contact Miranda Westrick, professional programs administrator for AED programs, at