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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate*. Most courses at Penn are one course unit, which is equal to four credit hours at another university.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

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

College of Liberal and Professional Studies
Fall 2019—Spring 2020

COURSE UNITS TUITION GENERAL FEE TECH FEE CLINICAL FEE TOTAL
1 $3,340 $312 $108 N/A $3,760
2 $6,680 $624 $216 N/A $7,520
3 $10,020 $936 $324 N/A $11,280
4 $13,360 $2,568 $432 $304 $16,664

The rates listed above will be effective fall 2019 through spring 2020. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

In fall and spring, LPS courses end with a section code between 601 and 606.

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Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Post-Baccalaureate Studies program students who are taking courses outside of the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (daytime courses in the College, as well as other schools in the University such as the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wharton School of Business, the School of Nursing, etc.) pay the non-LPS rate.

Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies
Fall 2019—Spring 2020

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $6,530 $642 $108 $7,280

The rates listed above will be effective fall 2019 through spring 2020. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Summer tuition

Summer tuition varies based on the school where you take classes.

Penn LPS Online tuition

Tuition for Penn LPS Online courses taken by Post-Baccalaureate Studies students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

Students enrolled in courses through Penn LPS Online should refer to the Penn LPS Online academic calendar for important dates and deadlines. 

Penn LPS Online
Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020

COURSE UNIT (C.U.) TUITION ONLINE
GENERAL FEE
TOTAL
1 c.u. $2,250 per c.u. $130 per c.u.  $2,380

The rates listed above will be effective summer 2019 through spring 2020. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

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: Effective fall 2017, the recreation fee is incorporated into the general fee for full-time students. It includes automatic membership in the Pottruck Health and Fitness Center.
  • Online general fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential services as a large library system and student services.

*Academic credit (PDF) is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

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