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Tuition and Fees

Young Scholars Program tuition and fees

Students who attend a City of Philadelphia public high school or charter high school may attend one course tuition-free in the spring and fall semesters through the Young Scholars Program. This opportunity is limited to one undergraduate-level, College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) course per semester. Available courses are listed in the course guide. 

Students who are home schooled, enrolled in private schools or enrolled in public schools other than those officially under the jurisdiction of the School District of Philadelphia will be billed for tuition in the same manner as all other nondegree undergraduate students at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The rate of tuition is based upon the number of course units taken and the division of the University in which they are taken. 

All students (regardless of semester or school district) are responsible for any other fees associated with attending the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. These fees may include books, laboratory fees, course materials, etc.

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate* based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. The rates listed below will be effective summer 2014 through spring 2015. 

All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Tuition for College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses taken by high school students are billed at the rates listed in the table below. 

Summer 2014-Spring 2015 Tuition and Fee Rates for High School Students
College of Liberal and Professional Studies Courses 

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Recreation Fee Total
1 $2,752 $238 $93 N/A N/A $3,083
2 $5,504 $476 $186 N/A N/A $6,166

Available courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring. In summer, available courses end with section code of 900 to 925.

Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

High school students who are taking courses outside of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (i.e., in other schools of the University such as the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wharton School of Business,  the School of Nursing or the College of Arts and Sciences) are charged the tuition of that school. 

Summer 2014-Spring 2015 Tuition and Fee Rates Outside the College of Liberal and Professional Studies

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $5,182 $472 $90 $5,744

Students enrolling in classes offered at other Schools in the University should coordinate closely with their Program Director to fully understand the tuition implications.

Fee definitions

  • General Fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential facilities as a large library system, museums and institutes, and special laboratories.
  • Technology Fee: The technology fee covers all the public computing labs, networking access and a host of other computing services and local support.
  • Clinical Fee: The clinical fee is required for students enrolled in four or more course units and allows them unlimited access to the Penn Student Health Service. 
  • Recreation Fee: The recreation fee is required for students enrolled in four or more course units for automatic membership in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). Generally, a 1 c.u. course at Penn is equivalent to a three or four semester hour course elsewhere. In general, the average course offered at Penn is listed as being worth 1 c.u.; courses that include a lecture and a lab are often worth 1.5 c.u.

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