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Tuition and Fees

Fall 2020 announcement: Courses available to students enrolled in Penn’s Domestic Guest Student Program for fall 2020 will be offered online only. Plans for the spring 2021 semester have not yet been announced.

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

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 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,340 $281 $112 N/A $3,733
2 $6,680 $562 $224 N/A $7,466
3 $10,020 $843 $336 N/A $11,199
4 $13,360 $2,311 $448 $315 $16,434

Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates

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.

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 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $6,530 $578 $112 $7,220

Spring 2021 Tuition and Fee Rates

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

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)

Summer tuition information is available on the Penn Summer tuition and fees page.

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.

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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