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Courses: In the summer 2021 term, undergraduate courses in Arts & Sciences, Wharton, 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. 

Rates shown are for 2020. 2021 tuition and fees will be available soon.

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $4,566/c.u.*

Session 1: $392/c.u.

Session 2: $392/c.u.

11-Week Session: $392

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $4,566/c.u.* $392/c.u.
Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $4,936/c.u.* $392/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
$7,034/c.u.*
$430/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.* $430/c.u. $132/session

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

Course Units Tuition General Fee
1 $5,550/c.u.* $392/session

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.