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Penn Summer Session I and our 11-Week Summer Session courses will be offered remotely. Currently, Summer Session II is scheduled to run on campus, as planned. The situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is fluid and being monitored closely. Please check back periodically for updates. Should there be any changes to the policy that impacts our decision to hold courses this summer, we are committed to providing timely updates to enrolled students via email. Should any of these programs be cancelled, students will receive a full refund of program fees at that time.

Our campus task force is monitoring the situation daily and making active decisions as we receive new information. Our number one priority is the health and safety of our campus community. You can stay updated with all developments on Penn’s special coronavirus webpage.

High School Tuition and Fees

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Penn Summer High School Programs tuition rates and withdrawal policies may vary by program. Please review the rates and policies for the program(s) to which you plan to apply. Please note: All fees and tuition charges are subject to the approval of the University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees and may change without notice.

There is also a nonrefundable application fee of $75, payable by credit card through our online application system. See if you qualify for an application fee waiver.

2020 Penn Summer Prep Program tuition

Residential tuition $4,499
Commuter tuition $3,299

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend Penn Summer Prep free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

2020 Summer Academies tuition

Residential tuition $8,699
Commuter  tuition $7,349
Lab fee $500*

*Lab fee applies only to those enrolling in the Biomedical Research Academy, Chemistry Research Academy, Neuroscience Research Academy or Experimental Physics Research Academy.

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

2020 Pre-College Program tuition

One college credit course + one enrichment course
1 course unit (c.u.)*
Biology 101, with a lab
1.5 course units (c.u.)*

Two college credit courses
2 course units (c.u.)*


Two and a half college credit courses: Biology 101, with lab + additional one college credit course
2.5  course units (c.u.)

Residential tuition includes: Residential tuition does not include:
  • Term fees
  • Full academic and enrichment programs
  • Use of Penn facilities
  • Housing
  • Recreation pass for eligible students
  • Extracurricular and social activities
  • Trips and excursions
  • Access to Student Health Services for non-emergency care
  • Two meals daily, Monday through Friday
  • Two meals on Sunday
  • Transportation to and from your home city
  • Transfers to and from Philadelphia International Airport
  • Book and classroom materials
  • Meals eaten off-campus
  • Medical expenses
  • Linen package (sheets, blankets, and pillows are available for purchase through Penn's Residential Services)
  • Souvenirs and personal spending money (A suggested personal spending amount is approximately $75 - $125 per week)
COMMUTER tuition includes: COMMUTER tuition does not include:
  • Term fees
  • Full academic program
  • Use of Penn facilities
  • Extracurricular and social activities during the weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Access to Student Health Services for non-emergency care
  • Transportation to and from your home
  • Book and classroom materials
  • Dining plan
  • Medical expenses
  • Recreation pass
  • Souvenirs and personal spending money
  • Weekday evening (after 6 p.m.) and weekend trips, excursions, and activities 

2020 Young Scholars Program tuition

  Tuition General Fee
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
$4,568/c.u.* $376/session*


Application fee (non-refundable) $75

See if you qualify for an application fee waiver.

Withdrawal policy

Penn Summer: Academies, Prep Program, and Pre-College Program

A financial deposit of no less than $2,000 is required to officially reserve a student’s spot within the program. The balance of tuition, refundable fees, and optional fees are due by May 1, 2020, or upon enrollment for students admitted after April 1. All payments, minus $500, are refundable until April 10, 2020. Withdrawal between April 11 and May 15 results in a $1,000 cancellation fee. Withdrawal between May 16 and June 10 results in a $2,000 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellation after June 11, for any reason. There is no adjustment in tuition for late arrivals or early departures. All withdrawals must be in writing and emailed to

Young Scholars Program

Please consult with your Penn appointed academic advisor regarding withdrawal policies and procedures. If an advisor has not yet been appointed to you, e-mail us at to inquire.

*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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