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UPenn Tuition Information

In 2021, UPenn's tuition was $54,652 a year.

In 2021, tuition increased 2.8%–from $53,166 the previous year. On average, college tuition goes up about 3% every year.

If these numbers feel scary, remember, the total cost of tuition isn't necessarily what you will have to pay to attend a school. Many students pay far less than the total tuition after grants, scholarships, and tuition discounts are awarded. Plus, student loans can make the amount you do have to pay out of pocket feel more doable until you're done with college.

Does UPenn Offer In-State and Out-of-State Tuition?

University of Pennsylvania is a private, nonprofit institution, so it has the same tuition for students from Pennsylvania as it does for residents from other states.

Public schools receive funds from the state to help them cover costs. Public insitutions often offer reduced tuition for students who are residents of that state.

Attending a college where you qualify for the reduced tuition offered to state residentscan save significant money on the overall cost of college. Don't forget to confirm your state's guidelines for how to qualify for in-state residency. Each state has different requirements to qualify as in-state resident. Most states require students to have resided in the state for a certain period of time before qualifying. There may be additional requirements as well, depending on the state you and your parents currently reside in.

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Tuition for International Students at UPenn

Tuition at UPenn is the same for all students.

Students from outside of the U.S. are not eligible for loans or grants from the U.S. government, but should research private or school-specific aid and scholarships. International students with need may qualify for the following types of financial support at UPenn:

  • UPenn-specific scholarships

UPenn Housing Expenses and Other Costs

Tuition is not the only cost of attending college;room and board, books, transportation and fees are also costs it consider when estimating the cost of attendance for college. Let's take a look at what impacts these costs, and what to expect at UPenn.

Room and Board Costs at UPenn

Room and board at UPenn costs $17,304 a year. This covers the cost of living in dorms or other on-campus housing, plus a dining plan that enables you to eat in the school dining facilities. Students who live off campus but still want to use the dining facilities can choose to be on a meal plan. The cost of board-only is $9,632.

Board costs can depend on how many meals are included in the plan you choose.

How Much Do Books Cost at UPenn?

The cost of books often surprises first-year college students. The real cost of books depends on the courses you take and what kinds of books and materials they require. To save money, many students choose to use books from the library or buy books from students who have already taken the course.

Yearly Fees

The majority of colleges also have fees to offsets cost associated with maintaining facilties, like the library, gym and computer labs. Students who attend UPenn full time can expect to pay around $7,058 in fees each academic year.

There may be additional fees associated with participating in special activities, like Greek Life, or playing on an intramural sports team. Most colleges offer resources so that those with financial need to get help covering these costs.

Transportation costs

The total cost of transportation in college depends on a few key factors. Will you take a subway, car or an airplane to get to school?. Is on-campus parking free, or will you need to budget for parking? Is the campus small enough that you can easily walk from class-to-class?? Do you plan to bring a car or are you planning to use busses, subways, or other modes of transportation? All of these questions can make a big difference in your transportation budget. At UPenn, freshman are allowed to park on campus.

The location of a college or university can impact transportation costs. Small, rural schools may be easier to get around, but the cost of getting to campus may be higher. On the other hand transportation in a city could be pricey, but cities may offer more trains, busses and low-cost flight options to actually get to school. The University of Pennsylvania campus is in a urban setting in Pennsylvania.

Personal Expenses and Other Costs

When budgeting for college, don’t forget to leave some room in your budget for personal expenses, like movies, takeouts, furniture or appliances for your dorm or housing, and essentials like laundry detergent, toothpaste and toilet paper.

Now, let’s look at the breakdown of all expenses, to get a better idea of what is really costs to go to UPenn.

How Much Does UPenn Cost?

2021 Total Tuition and Expenses
Tuition $54,652
Room and Board $17,304
Board Only $4,870
Yearly Fees $7,058
Other expenses $2,004
Total Estimated Costs
On-Campus $82,376
Off-Campus $69,942

The breakdowns above provide a good estimate of the total cost of attendance before financial aid and scholarships. Tuition and fees may vary depending on program, course level, location, and more.

UPenn’s tuition and fees change based on: Course load for part-time students

In 2021, 4,392 of the 9,872 undergrads enrolled received financial aid. UPenn meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $58,352 a year. Around 20% of UPenn undergrads take out student loans to cover any remaining costs. UPenn graduates who have student loans graduate with an average of $23,876 of student loan debt.

The average debt for each loan type varies.

Average Debt By Loan Type
Federal Loans $15,352
State Loans $0
UPenn-Specific Loans $6,608
Private Loans $41,267
Most Common Loans for UPenn Students
Federal Loans 18%
Institutional Loans 1%
Private loans 5%

Most students take out institutional or government loans, because they tend to have lower interest rates and more flexible repayment options than private loans. Loans from the federal government can be subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans do not accrue interest during school, while unsubsidized loans begin accruing interest at the time the loan is issued. If students do no qualify for enough federal loans to cover the cost of tuition, some take out private loans. Parents can also take out ParentPLUS loans, which are government loans for parents who are helping their children pay for college.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) helps colleges determine how much financial need students and their familes have, so they can offer a financial aid package that meets, or come close to meeting, their need. For more information on UPenn financial aid, keep reading, or visit their financial aid website.

Scholarships at UPenn

Some students may receive grants and scholarships to help pay for college. Unlike loans, scholarships and grants do not have to be paid back.

In 2021, UPenn awarded 4,334 need-based scholarships to students, giving away total of $236.1 million to help students with financial need cover the cost of school. An additional $2.92 million in merit-based scholarship money was awarded to students without demonstrated financial need.

Net Cost of UPenn

The net price of college is the actual cost of attending a school for one year. Net cost is calculated by subtracting any scholarships, grants or other aid that does not need to be paid back from the total cost. Student loans are not part of the calculation, because they need to be repaid.

Now that we have a sense of the total estimated costs for UPenn students, we can subtract the average financial aid package to find the estimated net cost. Net cost can vary depending on a students’ need and the financial aid award received.

When considering whether a school fits your budget, it is important to consider the estimated net cost, not just the sticker price of tuition. Often, schools with the highest tuition also offer the most generous aid packages, so estimate your net cost before eliminating a school because it does fit your budget.

The average amount of financial aid received by a full-time first year student with demonstrated need at UPenn was $58,352 in 2021. By substracting the average financial aid package from the estimated costs, we get a number that may make the cost of UPenn seem more manageable.

Estimated Net Cost for Full-Time Students
On-Campus $24,024
Off-Campus $11,590

What will attending UPenn really cost you? The answer depends on several factors.

As of 2011, colleges are required to have a net price calculator on their website to help prospective students and their families get a better idea of the actual cost of attending that school, based on their financial situation. You can find the UPenn's net cost calculator on their website.

UPenn Tuition Payment Plans

Some students choose to use payment plans to make the cost of tuition fit more comfortably in their budget.

UPenn does not have guaranteed tuition.

UPenn offers an Installment Payment Plan, which allows students to pay tuition in a series of smaller chunks instead of one lump sum.

Does University of Pennsylvania Offer Tuition Waivers?

Schools sometimes offer tuition waivers to certain groups, to offset the cost of attending. Some colleges offer tuition waivers for employees and their family members, underrepresented students, or military students. Even with a tuition waiver, students are usually responsible for housing, meal plans, and other expenses.

UPenn has some full or partial tuition waivers available for: - Employees or Children of Employees

Check the financial aid website for more information on payment plans and tuition waivers.

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UPenn Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$80,372

In State

$80,372

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$54,652
$54,652
Fees
$7,058
$7,058
Housing
$17,304
$17,304
Books
$1,358
$1,358

UPenn Financial Aid

Students Who Receive Need-Based Aid

44%

Average Financial Aid Package

$57,025

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

22,436

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

9%

Tuition and Fees

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$61,710

Out-of-State

$61,710

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