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High School Tuition and Fees

High School Tuition and Fees

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.

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

There is a $1,500 nonrefundable deposit for all programs. 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.

2022 Penn Summer Prep Program tuition: $5,700

Tuition includes program fees and residential costs.

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.


2022 Penn Summer Academies tuition

  • American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Academy (offered as remote learning only): $5,500
  • Biomedical Research Academy, Chemistry Research Academy, Experimental Physics Research Academy, Mathematics Academy, Neuroscience Research Academy, Social Justice Research Academy (tuition includes program fees and residential costs): $9,700 

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.


2022 Pre-College Program tuition

Residental option per course unit (c.u.)*  – tuition, program fees, and residential cost included:

  • 1 c.u.: $13,246
  • 1.5 c.u.: $15,869
  • 2 c.u: $18,492
  • 2.5 c.u.: $21,115

Online option per c.u. – tuition and program fees included:

  • 1 c.u.: $7,846
  • 2 c.u.: $10,676

2021 Young Scholars Program tuition

Tuition and fees for 2022 will be announced soon. Please check back for more details.

  Tuition General Fee
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
$4,694/c.u.* $404/session

Application fee (nonrefundable) $75

See if you qualify for an application fee waiver.

Withdrawal policy

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

A nonrefundable deposit of $1,500 is required to officially reserve a student's spot in the program. Program fees minus the nonrefundable deposit of $1,500 are refundable until May 15. There is no adjustment in tuition for late arrivals or early departures. All withdrawals must be in writing and emailed to hsprogs@sas.upenn.edu and penn@summerdiscovery.com.

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, email us at hsprogs@sas.upenn.edu 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.