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The College of Liberal and Professional Studies staff is working remotely to comply with University protocols as we navigate the COVID-19 virus. Penn is committed to maintaining a safe campus and workplace for faculty, students, staff, and visitors. While we are not onsite, we are still available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. by phone and online in case you need support: (215) 898-7326 or lps@sas.upenn.edu.

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Tuition and Fees

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 fall 2020 through spring 2021. Summer tuition information is available on the Penn Summer tuition page.

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates for Bachelor of Fine Arts,
College of Liberal and Professional Studies Courses

The rates listed below will be effective Fall 2020 through Spring 2021. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,472 $326 $112 N/A $3,910
2 $6,944 $652 $224 N/A $7,820
3 $10,416 $978 $336 N/A $11,730
4 $13,888 $2,677 $448 $315 $17,328

College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring. In summer, LPS courses end with section codes of 900 to 909. Online courses carry an additional $150 fee.

Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Bachelor of Fine Arts 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. 

Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates Outside the
College of Liberal and Professional Studies

The rates listed below will be effective Fall 2020 through Spring 2021. All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $6,786 $670 $112 $7,568

Please check with your academic advisor in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies if you have any questions about the tuition you will be charged for your courses, as there is no tuition reduction available for College of Arts and Sciences daytime classes. For complete course taking policies please see the Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Handbook (PDF).

Fee definitions

  • General fee: A General Fee is assessed to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and directly funds Penn's non-instructional student support services. The General Fee for full-time students provides them with full access to a wide variety of services and resources, including counseling and wellness, multicultural resource centers, student activities, recreation and fitness, career services, learning support, and much more.
  • Technology fee: This fee assists with the cost of computer labs and technological services.
  • Clinical fee: This mandatory fee is assessed to all students and supports Penn Wellness services, including Campus Health, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Student Health Service, and the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Programs. In 2020-2021, the fee also funds public health efforts essential for protecting the Penn community against the spread of COVID-19, including contact tracing.

*Academic credit 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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