Frequently Asked Questions about Cost and Financial Aid

Last update: July 2016

Tuition

How much is tuition?

Tuition is paid per semester and is determined by how many credits a student takes during the semester. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12-18 credits for spring and fall semesters and 9 credits for summer semester. Please see below for more on tuition and fees.

What is the matriculation fee?

The TUJ matriculation fee is a one-time fee that all students who have applied, been accepted, and enrolled in TUJ's undergraduate degree program are required to pay. The matriculation fee is collected in the first semester you are at TUJ. Every student, freshman or transfer, who is seeking to earn a degree from TUJ must pay this fee. Non-degree seeking students such as short-term study abroad students are exempt from this fee.

As an American four year university operating in the heart of Tokyo, the matriculation fee enables us to offer the unique combination of a high quality American style higher education with a wide range of courses taught by highly-regarded international faculty members, while offering an affordable education in comparison to universities in the U.S. For further information on matriculation, please see Matriculation Policy and Procedure.

What does the matriculation fee cover?

The fee covers the cost of a number of services available to students that enrich their overall experience at TUJ. Services include the use of the Academic Advising Center, the Office of Student Services, the Library, the Teaching and Learning Center, the Career Development Office, GI Bill and financial aid support services, the Counseling Office, and the Computer Labs. The matriculation fee also enables us to provide administrative support and cover essential technological and infrastructure related costs. This combination of services and support is unique to American universities and TUJ, and not widely available in English at other universities in Japan.

How much should I expect to pay for the undergraduate program at TUJ?

Please see the page below for a detailed breakdown of estimated yearly and total costs for the undergraduate program.

Financial Aid

Am I eligible to use U.S. federal financial aid toward TUJ tuition?

TUJ is an American university, and U.S. citizens and permanent residents are able to use U.S. federal financial aid. Students apply through FAFSA using the Temple University main campus school code (003371). Private student loans can also be used at TUJ. Please use the main campus code for these, too. You can find more detailed information on financial aid on the page below.

How do I receive my Federal Direct Loan?

Please review Temple University's Main Campus Student Financial Services (SFS) website for TUJ students, and follow the steps to apply for financial aid. TUJ uses Temple University's code for filing FAFSA forms. Temple University's code is 003371.

How can I complete my Entrance Interview and Master Promissory Note (MPN) for the Federal Direct Loans?

Entrance loan counseling is required for first-time Federal Direct Loan borrowers. Counseling must be completed online and will help you understand your rights and obligations as a student loan borrower. Loan counseling must be completed before you can receive loan funds. Please visit http://studentloans.gov and select "Entrance Interview" to complete the loan counseling requirement.

As a Federal Direct Loan borrower, you must also complete and sign a Master Promissory Note (MPN) before your loan funding will be disbursed. The Federal Direct Loan MPN is valid for 10 years and you will only need to sign the MPN once while enrolled at Temple University.

The Direct Loan MPN must be completed by visiting http://studentloans.gov and using your four-digit US Department of Education PIN number. The PIN number is the same as the one you used to file and electronically sign your FAFSA. If you do not have your PIN, see www.PIN.ed.gov for more information.

When do I need to reapply for FAFSA?

As early as January 1st through March 1st of every year. Information on the application can be found at http://sfs.temple.edu/apply/tuj.

Do not wait until you have been accepted by Temple University to apply.

Do I have to reapply for financial aid every year?

Yes. Since your financial situation, the availability of funds and the number of students requiring aid vary from year to year, you must reapply each year to keep your information up-to-date. To renew your aid, please complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year between January 1 and March 1.

If my financial aid covers my tuition and fees and creates a credit balance, what would happen to the remaining credit balance?

The TUJ Bursar will notify you of your credit balance and send you instructions for receiving a refund. The refund is usually processed by a wire transfer to your Japanese bank account in Japanese yen. For additional information, please see the FAQ on the TUJ Tuition Payment page.

If I am receiving a tuition reimbursement or a private scholarship in addition to my financial aid, how does it affect my financial aid award?

Report any additional funding sources not listed on your award letter to Student Financial Services (SFS). Additional funding would include tuition remission, university or non-university awards such as Academic Merit scholarships, outside scholarships, and grants. These awards may affect your current financial aid package and eligibility for funding (i.e. university-based, Federal and State Grants and Federal Direct Loans). Please send any private scholarship award letter or other funding documents to tujfinaid@tuj.temple.edu before the semester starts. If your financial aid package changes, you will be notified via your TU e-mail account when the revised award letter is ready to view. In addition, you can review your updated award in Self-Service Banner (SSB) under the Award Summary section.

What do I do if the disbursement of funds from my financial aid is delayed beyond payment deadlines at the university?

Double check the ELIGIBILITY section under the Financial Aid tab in your TUportal Self-Service Banner (SSB) account in order to identify any unfulfilled requirements including but not limited to the Master Promissory Note (MPN) and the Entrance Interview (EI). If any of the requirements are not completed in a timely manner, delays to your disbursement can occur. Once the TUJ Bursar is made aware of your financial aid award, it will be applied to your account. If you have been awarded financial aid but the funds were never applied to your student account, confirm first on SSB that all requirements have been completed and then contact the financial aid coordinator at tujfinaid@tuj.temple.edu for further assistance.

Note: lf your financial aid is not disbursed by the semester tuition payment due date that appears on your Statement of Account, TUJ Bursar’s Office may place a financial hold on your student account until your account balance is cleared.

In my recent Statement of Account, it shows disbursed financial aid but the amount stated is different than the amount from the previous statement. Why is the amount different?

All federal direct loans charge an origination fee that is automatically deducted from your awarded amount at the time of disbursement. Please review the Direct loan origination fee information on Temple University's Main Campus website. Other possibilities for having your financial aid amount adjusted are that you reduced your registered credit hours, you have been awarded other scholarships or aid, or you are repeating courses previously attempted (in which case these credits do not count towards total registered credits). Please review the Academic Progress Standards section for more detailed information.

I was in the U.S. military. Can I use the GI Bill at TUJ?

Yes, you can use the GI Bill and other Veterans Benefits at TUJ. Please refer to the following sections of this website.

Scholarships

How can I be considered for a scholarship?

Please follow the procedure described on each scholarship page under the Scholarships and Loans section.

How much are awards?

We offer various types of scholarships. For the award amount, please refer to each scholarship page under the Scholarships and Loans section.

What criteria are considered for scholarships?

For scholarships, an applicant's academic background, such as GPA and standardized test scores, are the most important criteria. Applicants are encouraged to submit supporting documents that demonstrate other exceptional qualifications: letters of recommendation, copies of awards and honors, a resume listing work, volunteer and extracurricular activities, and any other documents that the applicant would like the scholarship committee to consider.

Do you have full tuition scholarships?

The Diamond Scholarship covers 50% of full-time tuition for a student's first two consecutive semesters, and can be renewed to cover 100% of full-time tuition for up to 6 additional consecutive semesters (fall and spring only).

How many scholarships are available?

The Diamond Scholarship is awarded to one new student in summer and one new student in fall semester. There is no predetermined number for other scholarships. Awards are available every semester and we strive to give as many as we can to qualified applicants.

Is there a required form for letters of recommendation?

Letters of recommendation are free format. Teachers and supervisors can e-mail letters of recommendation directly to TUJ's Admissions Counseling office, or give them to applicants in a sealed envelope. We recommend submitting 3 letters of recommendation.

Are scholarships limited to certain nationalities?

Applicants of any nationality are eligible for scholarships.