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Tuition and mandated fees, Room and Board and other educational costs at Penn since 1900:
2010-present

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

Note that during this decade, in accordance with resolutions passed by the University Trustees, "the tuition for professional students will be determined administratively to reflect budget requirements of the various schools." Thus, fees vary from school to school, and from program to program within schools.

 

YEAR

TUITION AND FEES, BY SCHOOL

OTHER EXPENSES *

2010-2011

Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $36,208
General Fee: $3,300
Technology Fee: $646
Recreation Fee: $360

 

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $25,660 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,152 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $646

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $25,660
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $1,082

 

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $58,958
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $586

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $45,430
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $780

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $42,472
General Fee: $2,074
Technology Fee: $1,000

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $32,450 (in-state and contract) and $41,460 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,152
Technology Fee: $880

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University's residence halls: $7,248
Average meal plan: $4,182

2011-2012

Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $37,620
General Fee: $3,510
Technology Fee: $668
Recreation Fee: $300

 

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $26,660 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,318 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $668

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $26,660
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $1,082

 

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $61,316
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $610

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $47,600
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $800

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $45,498
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $1,012

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $33,716 (in-state and contract) and $43,078 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,318
Technology Fee: $914

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University's residence halls: $7,592
Average meal plan: $4,286

2012-2013

Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $39,088
General Fee: $3,646
Technology Fee: $692
Recreation Fee: $312

 

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $27,700 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,408 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $692

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $27,700
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $1,082

 

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $63,770
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $634

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $49,900
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $830

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $47,090
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $1,200

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $34,896 (in-state and contract) and $44,586 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,408
Technology Fee: $950

Average room rate in the University's residence halls: $7,952
Average meal plan: $4,416

2013-2014

Undergraduate Schools:

Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Wharton:
Tuition: $40,594
General Fee: $3,772
Technology Fee: $716
Recreation Fee: $324

 

 

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

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Education, Fine Arts, Social Work, Annenberg:

Tuition: $28,768 (for first 5 years)
General Fee: $2,492 (for first 5 years)
Technology Fee (if applicable): $716

Biomedical Sciences:
Tuition: $28,768
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $1,082

 

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

Dental Medicine, the D.M.D. program:
Tuition: $66,322
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $658

Law, the J.D. program:
Tuition: $51,630
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $870

Medicine, the M.D. program:
Tuition: $48,738
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $1,200

Veterinary Medicine:
Tuition: $35,908 (in-state and contract) and $45,878 (out-of-state)
General Fee: $2,492
Technology Fee: $982

Details for other graduate and professional programs

Average room rate in the University's residence halls: $8,330
Average meal plan: $4,592

 

Notes:

* Estimated undergraduate expenses only

 

Sources:

2010-2011: Office of Budget and Management Analysis documentation

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