Penn History

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

First published in 2003, with annual updates

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).