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Courses: In the summer 2021 term, undergraduate courses in Arts & Sciences, Wharton, Weitzman School of Design, and School of Engineering & Applied Sciences will be delivered 100% online.
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Summer Sessions Tuition and Fees

Summer Sessions Tuition and Fees

Tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.) rate based on the program in which you are enrolled and the number of course units for which you register. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course. The outline below will identify tuition charges, according to the school offering courses. 

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $4,694/c.u.*

Session 1: $404/session

Session 2: $404/session

11-Week Session: $404/c.u.

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $3,570/c.u.* $336/c.u.
Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $5,074/c.u.* $404/session

Questions regarding School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) tuition and fees may be directed to Research and Academic Services Office, vfrew@seas.upenn.edu.

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1
$6,958/c.u.*
$442/session

Questions regarding PennDesign tuition and fees may be directed to the PennDesign Registrar (mcelroyd@design.upenn.edu).

Course Units Tuition General Fee Technology Fee
1 $7,092/c.u.* $442/c.u. $134/session

Questions regarding tuition and fees may be directed to Penn Law Student Affairs: (215) 898-7491.

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $5,700/c.u.* $404/session
Tuition General Fee
$3,197 per ½ c.u. $221 per ½ c.u.

Penn Summer Sessions tuition policies

Please carefully read the tuition policies detailed below. For more information on Penn Summer tuition, please see the Student Financial Services (SFS) website.

  • All amounts billed for Penn Summer On-Campus courses are due on the date indicated on the bill. The bill states your charges for tuition, fees, room, board, and other expenses. For a complete copy of your student bill, or to view your current charges, open the financial information tab within PennPortal.
  • Balances remaining unpaid beyond the due date are subject to a late penalty of 1.5%, which will appear on the next statement.

Tuition refund policy

The refund policies listed below apply to Penn Summer On-Campus courses only. Any other policies about other Penn Summer courses can be found on the main Tuition and Fees page.

  • Full refund of tuition and general fees: Students who officially drop a class via PennPortal by the end of the add/drop period will receive a full refund of their tuition and general fee. The add/drop deadline dates are listed in the calendar.
  • 50% refund of tuition: Students who officially drop a class with the late drop form (PDF) after the end of the add/drop deadline, but before the end of the 50% late drop deadline, may receive a 50% refund of tuition. The add/drop deadline dates are listed in the calendar.
  • Withdrawal process: Any student who wishes to withdraw from a course, after the end of the 50% late drop period, but before the end of the withdrawal period, may do so only by submitting a withdrawal form (PDF) that has been signed by the course instructor. The student will receive a grade of "W" on the official transcript. No refund of tuition or fees is available. No withdrawals will be permitted after the deadline listed on the calendar.
  • Illness: A student who withdraws because of illness should consult the student handbook (PDF) for policies.
  • Canceled courses: The University reserves the right to cancel or change any course. If a Summer Session On-Campus course is canceled or rescheduled to a time during which the student is unable to attend, all tuition and fees will be refunded.

*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.