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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 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.

2021 Penn Summer Prep Program tuition: $2,999

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.


2021 Penn Summer Coding Camp tuition: $2,500


2021 Penn Summer Data Analytics tuition: $2,500


2021 Penn Summer Academies tuition

  • American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Academy, Intercultural Communication Academy, Mathematics Academy, Social Justice Research Academy: $4,799
  • Biomedical Research Academy, Chemistry Research Academy, Experimental Physics Research Academy, Neuroscience Research Academy: $5,049

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.


2021 Pre-College Program tuition

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

2021 Young Scholars Program tuition

  Tuition General Fee
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
$4,694/c.u.* $404/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 14, 2021. Withdrawal between May 14 and June 1 results in a $1,000 cancellation fee. Withdrawal between June 1 and July 1 results in a $2,000 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellation once an accepted student's program officially starts, for any reason. 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.

This year, Penn Summer High School Programs will not be allowing applicants to defer their acceptance to the summer of 2022.

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.