Annual Total Cost

The total sticker academic price and living expense for in-state Pennsylvania residents to go to Temple University is $27,334 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Pennsylvania residence can expect a one year cost of $37,640.

Undergraduate Student Fees

Temple University tuition is $14,398 per year for in-state residents. This is 118% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is 42% cheaper than the average Pennsylvania tuition of $24,881 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 45th in Pennsylvania amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 90th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $24,704 which represents a 72% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $790 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $15,188.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $11,146 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Philadelphia should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,000.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Temple University
Budget Item Cost
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost $27,334
   In-State Tuition$14,398
   Other Fees$790
   Room and Board$11,146
   Books and Supplies$1,000
Non-Resident Total Cost $37,640
   Out-of-State Tuition$24,704
   Other Fees$790
   Room and Board$11,146
   Books and Supplies$1,000


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $27,334 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Temple University net price for in-state students $19,435* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

84% of Temple University students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $9,084. 28 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,364. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Temple University, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Temple University
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$19,435*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid84%
Average Total Grant Aid$9,084
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants28%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,364

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$16,176
$30,001 to $48,000$16,574
$48,001 to $75,000$18,738
$75,001 to $110,000$20,953

Average Financial Aid Mix - $27,334 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $27,334. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $9,084

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Temple University or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 21% - $5,750

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 46% -  $12,500

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if Temple University is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 69/100 for Temple University. Considering an average net price paid of $19,149, this leads to an overall value ranking of 72/100. This places the school 86th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Public Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Temple University
The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey42.6% less expensive
New Jersey Institute of Technology6.7% less expensive
Towson University55.3% less expensive
University of Maryland Baltimore County44.1% less expensive
SUNY at Purchase College55.1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at Temple University.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at Temple University is $109,336 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $19,149 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $76,596**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $136,670 or $95,745 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Temple University.

Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$7,199
Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$13,667
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Tuition Per Semester$12,352
Non-Pennsylvania Resident Total Cost Per Semester$18,820

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Temple University are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Temple University
Price per credit hour for Pennsylvania residents$573
Cost for one class for Pennsylvania residents (3 credit hours)$1,719
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$899
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,697
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,596

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 66% of Temple University students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,750. The reported average student debt upon graduation is $33,788.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Temple University? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $76,596, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $94,331.75. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Temple University. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 84% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $19,149. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Temple University student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Temple University Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$786.10
Amount Borrowed$76,596.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$17,735.75
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$94,331.75

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Temple University? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Temple University, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $94,331.75 would be needed to afford a $786.10 monthly payment in the example $76,596.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Temple University in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $13,006 to $14,398. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 2.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $109,336.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Temple University.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2022$37,591$150,363
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2027$47,976$191,905
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2032 $61,231$244,925
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2035 $70,883$283,531

Tuition History

What was tuition at Temple University five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$11,764$21,634 2.8%
2009$11,448$20,468 6%
2008$10,802$19,320 6.1%
2007$10,180$18,224 5.6%
2006$9,640$17,236 5.9%
2005$9,102$16,268 5.9%
2004$8,594$15,354 6.6%
2003$8,062$14,316 10.1%
2002$7,324$13,062 5.4%
2001$6,948$12,322 5.1%
2000$6,612$11,730 3.7%
1999$6,378$11,408 3.7%
1998$6,150$11,032 5.5%
1997$5,828$10,710 5.7%
1996$5,514$10,296 0.9%
1995$5,464$10,246 4.6%
1994$5,226$9,802 4.4%
1993$5,008$9,222 5.3%
1992$4,756$8,696 10.6%
1991$4,299$7,672 6.3%
1990$4,046$7,008 3.9%
1989$3,894$6,802 9.3%
1988$3,564$6,144 6.4%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Temple University to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 308 0% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 298 9% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 288 12% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 252 8% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 249 7% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 214 1% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies Bachelor's Degree 193 18% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 177 4% costlier
Radio and Television Bachelor's Degree 168 4% costlier
Film/Cinema/Video Studies Bachelor's Degree 155 20% cheaper
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies Bachelor's Degree 153 14% costlier
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 152 4% cheaper
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 151 3% cheaper
Advertising Bachelor's Degree 140 6% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 137 1% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 132 6% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 116 11% costlier
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 111 3% costlier
Labor and Industrial Relations Bachelor's Degree 98 6% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 90 2% cheaper
Public Relations/Image Management Bachelor's Degree 85 1% costlier
Insurance Bachelor's Degree 76 1% costlier
Public Health Education and Promotion Bachelor's Degree 75 10% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 73 11% costlier
Legal Professions and Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 73 3% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 70 11% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 68 4% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 55 3% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 53 8% costlier
Architecture Bachelor's Degree 49 16% cheaper
Biochemistry Bachelor's Degree 49 14% cheaper
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 48 6% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 48 11% cheaper
Social Studies Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 48 7% costlier
Acting Bachelor's Degree 45 10% cheaper
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist Bachelor's Degree 44 2% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 42 6% cheaper
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy Bachelor's Degree 41 15% costlier
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 40 7% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 39 5% cheaper
Information Technology Bachelor's Degree 39 17% costlier
Actuarial Science Bachelor's Degree 37 5% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 36 2% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 35 0% cheaper
Broadcast Journalism Bachelor's Degree 34 3% costlier
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator Bachelor's Degree 29 24% costlier
English/Language Arts Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 27 13% costlier
Rhetoric and Composition Bachelor's Degree 27 8% costlier
Environmental Studies Bachelor's Degree 26 18% cheaper
Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree 26 4% costlier
Painting Bachelor's Degree 26 9% cheaper
Geography, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 21% costlier
Art History, Criticism and Conservation Bachelor's Degree 23 18% cheaper
Art Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 23 10% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 23 11% cheaper
Music Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 22 5% costlier
Music Performance, General Bachelor's Degree 22 0% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Bachelor's Degree 22 9% costlier
Landscape Architecture Bachelor's Degree 21 2% cheaper
Computer and Information Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 21 9% costlier
Neuroscience Bachelor's Degree 21 30% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 20 3% cheaper
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 20 19% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 19 16% cheaper
Printmaking Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Jazz/Jazz Studies Bachelor's Degree 18 15% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 16 6% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 15 17% costlier
Metal and Jewelry Arts Bachelor's Degree 15 10% cheaper
Real Estate Bachelor's Degree 14 4% cheaper
Organizational Communication, General Bachelor's Degree 12 0% cheaper
Sculpture Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 11 23% cheaper
African-American/Black Studies Bachelor's Degree 11 15% cheaper
Horticultural Science Bachelor's Degree 10 9% costlier
Voice and Opera Bachelor's Degree 9 10% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 9 3% cheaper
Mathematics Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 8 12% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 8 23% cheaper
Computer Engineering, Other Bachelor's Degree 7 0% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 7 24% cheaper
Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts Bachelor's Degree 6 25% cheaper
Photography Bachelor's Degree 6 10% cheaper
Foreign Language Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 6 3% costlier
Athletic Training/Trainer Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
Mathematics and Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning Bachelor's Degree 6 2% cheaper
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 5 16% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 5 13% cheaper
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Bachelor's Degree 5 15% costlier
Music Therapy/Therapist Bachelor's Degree 4 7% cheaper
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 4 22% cheaper
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General Associate's Degree 3 100% costlier
Latin American Studies Bachelor's Degree 3 24% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 3 3% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Italian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 23% cheaper
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 3 16% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 2 23% cheaper
Biophysics Bachelor's Degree 2 26% cheaper
Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Music History, Literature, and Theory Bachelor's Degree 2 13% cheaper
Jewish/Judaic Studies Bachelor's Degree 2 19% cheaper
Music Theory and Composition Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Directing and Theatrical Production Bachelor's Degree 2 15% cheaper
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 4% cheaper
Natural Sciences Bachelor's Degree 1 1% cheaper
International Relations and Affairs Bachelor's Degree 1 15% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 1 9% cheaper
Music Pedagogy Bachelor's Degree 1 2% cheaper
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology Bachelor's Degree 1 8% cheaper
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Computer Hardware Technology/Technician Bachelor's Degree 1 0% cheaper
Business Teacher Education Bachelor's Degree 1 27% costlier
Applied Mathematics, Other Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper


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About Temple University

Temple University is a four year public college located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Full time enrollment is 31,807 and part time is 5,678.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 26,496 applicants. 16,357 were admitted and 4,485 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Temple University is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Temple University cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=216339 IPEDS survey data.

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