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Financial Aid Information

Temple University offers reduced tuition for Pennsylvania residents.

Financial Aid Funding at Temple is awarded on a competitive basis. If you are admitted to the Creative Writing Program and you have applied for financial aid (be sure to fill out the Financial Aid Form), your credentials will be forwarded to the Financial Aid committee of the English Department, which will nominate applicants for the fellowships and teaching assistantships described below. Refer to the Graduate School's Financial Information page for additional information.

For 2011–12, the Creative Writing Program awarded two University Fellowships, four Teaching Assistantships, and two William Gunn Scholarship Fund Awards to first-year students (see details below). In addition, four Teaching Assistantships were given to second-year students.

University Fellowships are awarded to new or continuing graduate students who have not yet completed their first year of matriculated enrollment. The student's department determines nomination for this Fellowship. University Fellowships for 2011–12 included a stipend of $18,000 and tuition remission. University Fellows are expected to become Teaching Assistants in their second year. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate is required for fellowships.

Future Faculty Fellowships are designed to attract outstanding students to Temple and to diversify the professorate. Newly admitted graduate students from underrepresented minority groups in their discipline who show exceptional leadership and have a desire to enter the professorate are eligible. Nominees must be American citizens or resident aliens. The applicant's department determines nomination for the Fellowship. Future Faculty Fellowships carry a minimum stipend of $18,000 and tuition remission. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.5 as an undergraduate is required for fellowships.

Teaching Assistantships require some form of instructional activity—usually teaching a composition course. A maximum of 20 hours of service per week is required. The teaching assistantship awards for 2011–12 included a tuition waiver, health benefits and a stipend of $15,450. Conditions of the award are determined by the graduate student union contract with Temple University, and currently require recipients to do a combination of teaching and other assignments. For further details, consult the Temple University Graduate Student Association's (TUGSA) website at http://www.tugsa.org/. In general, a minimum GPA of 3.25 as an undergraduate is required for teaching assistantships.

The William Gunn Scholarship Fund was established in 1994 by Louise A. Gunn in memory of her son to provide scholarships in the Creative Writing Program, with preference given to African American and underrepresented students. Awards are given for partial tuition remission. For 2011–12, two awards of $5,000 each were given to students.

The Society of Fellows in the Humanities also offers teaching fellowships. Go to http://www.temple.edu/humanities/fellowships/graduate/index.htm for more information.

Tuition: Check the Bursar's Office for current tuition rates. For 2012–13, annual tuition for full-time graduate students from Pennsylvania is $12,366 (18 total credits). For full-time, out-of-state graduate students, it is $17,298. (Note that in the second year of the program, only 15 credits are required.) For part-time, in-state graduate students, it is $8,244 (12 total credits). For part-time, out-of-state graduate students, it is $11,532.


The Creative Writing Program in the Department of English
Temple University | 1114 West Berks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6090 | P: 215.204.1796 | F: 215.204.2662