Paying for Your Jefferson Degree
Completing your education is a significant investment. Approximately 96% of our undergraduate students and more than 65% of our graduate students receive financial assistance. We understand that paying for college is a necessary and sometimes stressful part of the decision to enroll. At Jefferson, you have options to finance your education.
Students receive aid in the form of Federal Financial Aid (loans and grants), scholarships, employers, and military benefits. Most students use a combination of resources to fund their education.
Jefferson offers a payment plan. The plan offers the opportunity to pay tuition costs over monthly payments for a small annual enrollment charge. For more information on payment methods, see the Student Accounts/Tuition Office website.
We accept a variety of credits for transfer into the bachelor’s degree program. A total of up to 87 credits may be transferred into the bachelor’s degree.
Students may transfer credits from:
- Previously attended colleges, universities, or institutes (college-level courses with grade C or higher)
- Credit for Prior Learning
- Military training (military transcripts are available at www.acenet.edu)
- College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exams
- Paramedic Certification (42 credits)
- Philadelphia Carpenters JAC graduates (48 credits)
Apply for Financial Aid
The Office of Student Financial Aid helps students secure federal, state, institutional and private funding.
How to Apply
Thomas Jefferson University’s School Code: 013549
Step 1: Complete FAFSA. Please follow instructions listed on the website or follow our step-by-step guide. (Students enrolling in the summer semester must complete the 22-23 and 23-24 FAFSA.)
Step 2: Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note
FAFSA Verification - Verification is a process used to ensure accuracy of the information supplied on the FAFSA. Approximately 30 percent of the students who complete the FAFSA are randomly selected for verification by the U.S. Department of Education.
*The Office of Financial Aid will determine eligibility and award the student accordingly. Registered students can view their financial aid award by logging into BannerWeb and selecting the financial aid tab.
Associate’s Degree Scholarships
If you have completed your associates degree at certain area colleges within three years of enrolling at Jefferson, you may be eligible for a partial scholarship. Applicants with a graduating GPA of 3.0-3.49 are eligible for a 20% tuition scholarship, and applicants with a graduating GPA of 3.50-4.0 are eligible for a 25% tuition scholarship. Scholarships continue throughout the bachelor’s program as long as a GPA of 3.0 is maintained.
Partner colleges include:
- Bucks County Community College
- Camden County College
- Community College of Philadelphia
- Delaware County Community College
- Mercer County Community College
- Montgomery County Community College
- Pennsylvania Institute of Technology
Additional Scholarships & Discounts
City of Philadelphia Employee: As a Philadelphia city employee, both you and your spouse or partner are eligible to receive a 25% discounted tuition rate in Jefferson's Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
Philadelphia Carpenters JAC Graduates of the Philadelphia Carpenters JAC receives a 25% tuition discount and transfer 48 credits toward Jefferson's Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
The Alliance: Employees of members of The Alliance of Community Service Providers receive a 25% tuition discount toward Jefferson's Accelerated Bachelor of Science Degree Program.
Occupational Therapy Assistant Studies Graduates: Graduates of Jefferson’s OTA program receives a 20% discount to the bachelor’s degree program if they enroll within three years of graduating from the OTA program.
Michael T. Sullivan: $2,500 scholarship awarded in the fall to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree Program. Application and scholarship criteria are available in the SCPS Student Resource Site in Canvas
Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Scholarships will be made to adult students in continuing higher education based on scholarship, leadership, the clarity and content of their personal statement, strength of recommendation and need. Application information for 2023 will be made available soon.
Employer Tuition Benefits
Does your employer provide tuition benefits? Reach out to your supervisor or HR contact at your place of employment to inquire about tuition benefits.
Jefferson Employee Benefits
The Employee Tuition Assistance Program at Jefferson is managed by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), which offers online applications for internal prepay and external tuition reimbursement without your department approval.
You can access ISTS through MyTuition.jefferson.edu, using your campus key and password. For questions about the tuition process, please email Jefferson@applyISTS.com or by phone at 1-866-820-2310. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Karen Fitzgerald, Director of the Employee Tuition Assistance Program, at 215-710-3712 or by email at Karen.Fitzgerald@jefferson.edu.
JeffSecure Emergency Fund
The JeffSecure emergency fund is intended to provide matriculated Jefferson students with short-term financial assistance in the event of unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expenses.