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Tuition and Fees

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate*. Courses are offered at different rates based on the school or program that offers the course. See below for detailed tuition rates per school. Most courses at Penn are 1 c.u., which is equal to four credit hours at another university.

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.

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units Tuition General Fee* Tech Fee Clinical Fee Total
1 $3,674 $346 $114 N/A $4,134
2 $7,348 $692 $228 N/A $8,268
3 $11,022 $1,038 $342 N/A $12,402
4 $14,696 $2,838 $456 $332 $18,322

*Please note that the general fee is charged per semester in summer and per c.u. in fall/spring.

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

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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.

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee* Tech Fee Total
1 $7,176 $710 $114 $8,000

*Please note that the general fee is charged per semester in summer and per c.u. in fall/spring.

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

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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. 

Fall 2022 - Spring 2023 Tuition and Fee Rates

Course Units (c.u.) Tuition General Fee Total
1 c.u. $2,342 $346 $2,868
2 c.u. $4,684 $692 $5,376
3 c.u. $7,026 $1,038 $8,064
4 c.u. $9,368 $2,838 $12,206

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.

*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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