Course Tuition

Your tuition for Penn LPS Online courses, certificates, and the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.)* rate based on the number of course units for which you register, unless otherwise indicated. Additional taxes may apply to participants who make payment from certain jurisdictions outside the United States. Where applicable, such taxes will be billed separately after enrollment.

All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

The tuition and fees below apply to all courses offered through Penn LPS Online, whether you are taking individual courses, completing a certificate, earning a degree, or enrolling in gateway courses to "prove your way in" through our Gateway Program.

*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.

Summer 2024 – Spring 2025 tuition and fee rates for Penn LPS Online courses

Course Unit (c.u.) Tuition Online Services Fee Total
1 c.u. $2,516 $156 $2,672
2 c.u. $5,032 $312 $5,344
3 c.u. $7,548 $468 $8,016
4 c.u. $10,064 $624 $10,688

Online Services Fee: This fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential services as a library system and student services.


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