Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.64
Liaison Rebecca Collins
Submission Date July 31, 2015
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Temple University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.37 / 4.00 Kathleen Grady
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Temple provides eligible students with Fly in 4 need-based grants, which empower them to reduce the time they work for pay and focus more on their studies. Students from middle- and low-income backgrounds are most at risk for taking longer than four years to graduate, in part because they often work many hours each week in addition to studying. Each fall, Temple will award 500 Fly in 4 grants per entering class. Eligible students will receive $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester). This program is part of a larger program aimed at reducing student loan debt called Fly in 4.

The Fly in 4 partnership allows students to complete your degree on time—or Temple pays for their remaining course work. For its part, Temple provides students with the resources they need to graduate in four years, like academic advising and classes offered when they need them.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Temple University Upward Bound Program will prepare Philadelphia Public and Charter High School students for admission to institutions for higher learning and success in the collegiate environment through intense academic enrichment, a summer college immersion experience, enhanced cognitive and critical thinking, and extensive interpersonal development through positive social interactions. The programs will enable students to set attainable goals and build self awareness, respect for diversity and healthy relationships with peers, staff, and professionals from industry and the community.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a year-round College Preparatory Program for motivated high school students attending public or charter schools in Philadelphia that

• Promotes and enables academic excellence
• Exposes students to colleges and career awareness
• Develops leadership skills
• Provides students with a six-week summer residential college experience
• Encourages positive social interactions with peers and authority figures

Upward Bound offers extensive support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their high school courses and co-curricular activities, and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. UB serves high school students from low-income families and/or from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. Students must have an interest in enrolling in college. The goal of UB is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound has been highly successful in achieving its mission of preparing and graduating future college scholars.

Program Services:

• Instruction fundamental courses (e.g. math, science, composition,
foreign language, reading, writing, study skills) and other subjects
necessary for academic success
• Academic, financial, and personal counseling
• Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
• Tutorial and mentoring services
• Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
• Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams
• Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
• Access to and preparation for internship
• A six week summer program
• College visits
• Personal, career, and skill development sessions

Temple University - Math Science Upward Bound: The Temple University's Math Science Upward Bound Program (MSUB) is a comprehensive program designed to enhance the academic skills and preparation of talented high school students who have an interest in pursuing math or science as a major in college. While providing students with academic support and hands-on science and math experience and exploration, MSUB will also assist students in the college preparation, identification, and application process. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, MSUB provides a 6-week summer residential program on the campus of Temple University, and an after school and Saturday Program during the academic year. Once students are selected to participate, they remain in the program through their high school graduation.

What does the program offer?

• Summer residential college experience
• After school academic and pre-professional enrichment
• SAT preparation
• Scholarship and internship information and application assistance
• Academic support in Math, Science, English, and other current subjects
• College visitation program
• Completion of a Research Project
• Networking with students, faculty and professionals in the Science, Mathematics and Technology fields
• Mentoring from Science and Math Professionals
• Career development and preparation
• Assistance with selecting and applying to college
• College preparation
• Stipends
• Tokens for transportation to program events

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

The university offers a variety of scholarships to low-income students, including scholarships to residents in the surrounding North Philadelphia region and scholarships to help low-income students study abroad. As noted above, the university also launched Fly in 4 scholarships for low and moderate income students who are participating in the Fly in 4 program.

A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:


A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

In an effort to cultivate talented students who don't test well, Temple University made standardized test scores optional for admission. Students who opt not to submit test scores have to answer written questions designed to assess attributes such as leadership, self-awareness, goal-setting, determination, and "grit". For years, critics have called the SAT an unreliable predictor of college readiness that discriminates against minority students and those from low-income families.

A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Temple University offers assistance to eligible students typically in one or any combination of the following four forms: scholarships, grants, loans and work-study programs.

A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

The university offers financial literacy education to all students to prepare them to make informed decisions about student debt, budgeting and savings. The financial literacy program is held through co-curricular events like seminars/speaker series and also offered for course credit through the Fox School of Business.

Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:


A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 27.30
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 67.80
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 68
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 24

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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