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Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees

Tuition waived for City of Philadelphia public or charter high school students

Students who attend a City of Philadelphia public high school or charter high school may enroll in one undergraduate-level, College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) course tuition-free in the spring and fall semesters through the Young Scholars Program. 

See if your school qualifies you for tuition-free participation:

Students who are homeschooled, enrolled in private schools, or enrolled in public schools other than those officially under the jurisdiction of the School District of Philadelphia will be billed for tuition in the same manner as all other nondegree undergraduate students at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. The rate of tuition is based on the number of course units taken and the division of the University in which they are taken.

All students (regardless of semester or school district) are responsible for any other fees associated with attending the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. These fees may include books, laboratory fees, course materials, etc.

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.

College of Liberal and Professional Studies tuition

Tuition for College of Liberal and Professional Studies courses taken by high school students are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

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

Available courses end with a section code between 601 and 606 in the fall and spring.

Please consult with the High School Programs staff regarding withdrawal policies and procedures. Any questions or concerns can be directed to

Young Scholars Program Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 Tuition and Fee Rates
Course Units Tuition General Fee Tech Fee Total
1 $3,890 $376 $116 $4,382
2 $7,780 $752 $232 $8,764

Fee definition

  • 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.

*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.