Tuition and fees are fixed costs. These mandatory fees include the general fee, the educational technology fee, and the student health clinical fee.
The housing allowance is based on the median room rate in the University College Houses. To stay within the allowance, be conscious of your room selection and choose it by the Penn Housing deadline. Residential freshmen are required to live in on-campus housing during their first year of enrollment.
The meal allowance represents the cost of one of the first year dining plans through Penn Dining. If you live at home with your family, an allowance for meals away from home is included. Freshmen are required to participate in a meal plan during their first year of enrollment.
The book and supplies allowance provides for the expected annual cost for textbooks and supplies.
The transportation allowance provides for standard commuting. The approximate cost of two round-trips home may be added on a case-by-case basis.
Personal expenses include allowances for clothing, laundry, recreation, etc.
See below for information specific to certain populations or circumstances:
Students Living Off-Campus
The off-campus housing allowance is based on a survey of off-campus residences and accounts for a room in an average two-bedroom apartment over a nine-month period. The off-campus dining allowance is based on information about average grocery costs from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, plus a minimal campus meal plan that allows students to eat two meals a day on campus. If you receive financial aid and choose to live off-campus, your financial aid award will be based on the off-campus cost of attendance.
Students Living at Home with Family (Commuters)
Housing costs are not included in the cost of attendance for commuter students because of the existing housing arrangement with their family. The dining allowance assumes two meal per day away from home.
Student Health Insurance Requirement
Students who do not have health insurance, whose plans do not provide coverage in the Philadelphia area, or whose plans do not meet Penn’s criteria for alternative insurance will automatically be enrolled in the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP). This cost will be added to your cost of attendance. Click here to read more details about the plan on the Student Health Service’s website. Please contact your financial aid counselor if you would like to request additional financial aid to cover the cost of PSIP.
College of Liberal and Professional Studies Students
Because your cost of attendance is based on the number of courses in which you are enrolled, your cost of attendance will vary. Your cost of attendance will be based on the number of credits you are registered and enrolled for in a particular term. Most importantly, this will be based on LPS tuition rates. If you change your registration plans, please contact your assigned financial aid counselor or submit a revised registration form so we can adjust your cost of attendance and aid. These changes may also impact your financial aid eligibility. Please note: LPS students are not eligible for Penn’s grant-based financial aid program.
Married Students and Students with Dependents
Your cost of attendance will reflect the expenses of a single student living in Philadelphia. Expenses incurred based on marital status cannot be considered in your cost of attendance. Childcare costs may be considered. See the budget increase form for details.