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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 2017 through spring 2018. Summer tuition information is available on the Penn Summer tuition and fees page. 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 domestic guest students are billed at the rates listed in the table below. 

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Rates for Domestic Guest Students, College of Liberal and Professional Studies Courses 

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,094 $288 $102 N/A $3,484
2 $6,188 $576 $204 N/A $6,968
3 $9,282 $864 $306 N/A $10,452
4 $12,376 $2,376 $408 $273 $15,433

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.

Non-College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Guest students in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies who are taking courses in the College of Arts and Sciences are charged the tuition of that school. Domestic guest students are not eligible to take classes in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Wharton School of Business or the School of Nursing.

Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Tuition and Fee Rates outside the College of Liberal and Professional Studies

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $6,052 $594 $102 $6,748

Please check with a staff member at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at lps@sas.upenn.edu if you have any questions about the tuition you will be charged for your courses. For complete course taking policies please see the Domestic Guest Student Handbook (PDF)

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.

Financing your education

Please note that financial aid is not available from the University of Pennsylvania for domestic guest students during their visiting year. Be sure to coordinate with the financial aid office at your current school for more information about financial options.


*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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