Paying for a Penn Education
Undergraduate Cost of Attendance
Academic Year 2017-2018
See rates for Academic Year 2016-2017
Undergraduate Cost of Attendance
Budget Items Living On Campus Living Off Campus Living at Home With Family
Tuition $47,416 $47,416 $47,416
Fees $6,118 $6,118 $6,118
Housing $9,818 $8,217 0
Dining $5,248 $4,500 $1,800
Books and Supplies $1,280 $1,280 $1,280
Transportation $869
(SEPTA Montly Zone 1)
Personal Expenses $1,835 $1,835 $1,835
Total Budget $72,584 $70,275 $59,318

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.

Your basic cost of attendance includes tuition, fees, books and supplies. It is expected that living and personal expenses are covered by your spouse’s income. If you are not married, or if your spouse is a student, a supplement may be added to the basic budget to assist you with living expenses. Penn has limited funds to support the individual non-educational financial needs of married students and students with dependents. Students in need of such funding may be eligible for additional Direct Loan.
Because your financial aid eligibility is based on the number of courses in which you are enrolled, your budget will vary. SFS will determine your budget based on the number of credits you will be taking for a particular term. Most importantly, this will be based on LPS tuition rates. If you change your registration plans, e-mail our office, or submit a revised Registration Form so we can adjust your budget and aid.


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