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Tuition and mandated fees, Room and Board and other educational costs at Penn since 1900:
1920-1929

Compiled by Mark Frazier Lloyd, Director of the University Archives and Records Center with the assistance of Nicholas G. Heavens, University Archives Summer Research Fellow

Published 2003, with annual updates

 

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

YEAR

TUITION AND FEES, BY SCHOOL

OTHER EXPENSES *

1920

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $250 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $300 (an increase of $100)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

Education:
Tuition: $250 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $300 (an increase of $100)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $250 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

Law:
Tuition: $250 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

Medicine:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $100 (an increase of $50)
General Fee: $20 (an increase of $5)
Books and instruments: $49

Room and Board: $400
Text-books: $30

1921

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $250
General Fee: $20

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $300
General Fee: $20

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $20

Education:
Tuition: $250
General Fee: $20

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $300
General Fee: $20

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $250
General Fee of $20

Law:
Tuition: $250
General Fee: $20

Medicine:
Tuition: $300 (an increase of $100)
General Fee: $20

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $150
General Fee: $20
Books and instruments: $49

Room and Board: $350 (a decrease of $50)
Text-books: $30

1922

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $275 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $325 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $162
General Fee: additional $25 (an increase of $5)

Education:
Tuition: $275 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $325 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $275 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $275 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $325 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $175 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $350
Text-books: $30
Laundry: $55

1923

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $200 (an increase of $38)
General Fee: additional $25

Education:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $300 (an increase of $25), which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $175, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $380 (an increase of $30)
Text-books: $30
Laundry: $55

1924

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $162
General Fee: additional $25

Education:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Arch.):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $300, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $175, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $380
Text-books: $30
Laundry: $55

1925

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $200
General Fee: additional $25

Education:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $300, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $275, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $325, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $175, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $380
Text-books: $30
Laundry: $55

1926

Undergraduate Schools:

College and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $125), which included the General Fee

School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS):
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $75), which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $250 (an increase of $50),
which included the General Fee

Education:
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $125), which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Arch.):
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $75), which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $100), which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $125), which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $400 (an increase of $75), which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $225 (an increase of $50), which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $380
Text-books: $30
Laundry: $55

1927

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $250, which included the General Fee

Education:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $225, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $520 (an increase of $140)
Text-books: $35 (an increase of $5)
Clothing and miscellaneous: $260

1928

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $250, which included the General Fee

Education:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $225, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $520
Text-books: $35
Clothing and miscellaneous: $260

1929

Undergraduate Schools:

College, School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and the Wharton School:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups (Ph.D.):

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences:
Tuition: $250, which included the General Fee

Education:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Fine Arts (Architecture):
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

 

Full-Time Graduate Groups/Professional Schools and Programs (selected non-Ph.D. programs):

Dental Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Law:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Medicine:
Tuition: $400, which included the General Fee

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $225, which included the General Fee

Room and Board: $520
Text-books: $35
Clothing and miscellaneous: $260

 

Notes:

* Undergraduate expenses only

 

For a historical commodity price index see www.westegg.com/inflation/ and John J. McCusker, How Much Is That In Real Money? (Worcester: American Antiquarian Society, 2001).

 

Description of financial obligations from the 1914-1915 University Catalog
From the 1914-1915 University Catalog