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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.

Tuition includes/does not include

Residential tuition includes:

  • Term fees
  • Full academic and enrichment programs
  • Use of Penn facilities
  • Housing
  • Recreation pass for eligible students
  • Extracurricular and social activities
  • Trips and excursions
  • Access to Student Health Services for non-emergency care
  • Two meals daily, Monday through Friday
  • Two meals on Sunday

Residential tuition does not include:

  • Transportation to and from your home city
  • Transfers to and from Philadelphia International Airport
  • Books and classroom materials
  • Meals eaten off-campus
  • Medical expenses
  • Linen package (sheets, blankets, and pillows are available for purchase through Penn's Residential Services)
  • Souvenirs and personal spending money (A suggested personal spending amount is approximately $75 - $125 per week)

Commuter tuition includes:

  • Term fees
  • Full academic program
  • Use of Penn facilities and libraries
  • Extracurricular and social activities during the weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Access to Student Health Services for non-emergency care

Commuter tuition does not include:

  • Transportation to and from your home
  • Book and classroom materials
  • Dining plan
  • Medical expenses
  • Recreation pass
  • Souvenirs and personal spending money
  • Weekday evening (after 6 p.m.) and weekend trips, excursions, and activities

2021 tuition for Penn Summer High School Programs will be available in late spring.

2020 Penn Summer Prep Program tuition: $2,499

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.


2020 Penn Summer Academies tuition: $3,999

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.


2020 Pre-College Program tuition

  Tuition General Fee
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
$4,566/c.u.* $392/session

2020 Young Scholars Program tuition

  Tuition General Fee
Summer Session I
Summer Session II
$4,566/c.u.* $392/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 April 1, 2021, or upon enrollment for students admitted after April 1. All payments, minus $500, are refundable until March 1, 2021. Withdrawal between March 1 and April 1 results in a $1,000 cancellation fee. Withdrawal between April 1 and May 1 results in a $2,000 cancellation fee. Withdrawal between May 1 and June 1 results in a $3,000 cancellation fee. There are no refunds for cancellation after June 1, 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.

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.