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Total Undergrad Charges 4.4 Percent Increase for 2004-2005

Total undergraduate charges for tuition, fees, room and board at Penn will increase 4.4 percent for the 2004-2005 academic year from $37,960 in 2003-2004 to $39,634 in 2004-2005. The increase was approved last Thursday by the Board of Trustees.

Tuition and general fees for undergraduate students for the 2004-2005 academic year will increase 4.8 percent, from $29,318 to $30,716; average room and board charges will increase 3.2 percent, from $8,642 to $8,918, yielding an increase in total charges of 4.4 percent.

Total charges at Penn for the 2004-2005 academic year are in line with those at other institutions in the Ivy League, based on charges already announced at Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale.

Penn will continue to maintain its longstanding need-blind admissions policy, which admits students based on academic achievement, without regard for their ability to pay. For those students who matriculate with a demonstrated financial need, Penn creates financial aid packages that meet the full extent of the students' need for a full four years.

The University is projecting an increase of 8.2 percent in its need-based undergraduate grants and scholarships in the coming year.

Since 1997-1998, the percentage of the average freshman aid package met by grants has increased from 67.7 percent to 78.3 percent, while the average loan as a percentage of total aid has declined from 22.9 percent to 11.5 percent. The average freshman grant increased by 48 percent during this same period.

Roughly 40 percent of the University's aided freshmen will have their need met without any expected student loan.

Penn will continue, for the fifth year, the Summer Savings Waiver Program, which provides grants to offset the normal summer self-help work contribution requirement of students who participate in unpaid or low-paying community service or career-related activity over the summer.

Penn's resources are dedicated to achieving the goals of Building on Excellence: The Leadership Agenda, the University's guidelines for excellence through 2007.

These include:

  • Continuing recruitment of top faculty in social science, physical science, information science and the humanities;
  • Building upon Penn's special strengths to develop academic priorities that will include urbanism, the life sciences, technology innovation, a global strategy and innovative, interdisciplinary cultural programs and curricular development.
  • Sustaining excellence in all undergraduate education programs, through continued enhancements to Penn's innovative College House undergraduate residential living-learning program, in which undergraduate houses are led by resident faculty members and academic support services and student-led co-curricular programs are organized and provided in residence;
  • Defining the future of education by adapting Penn's pedagogical methods to the learning needs of current and future generations.
  • Developing further the physical, financial, operational and entrepreneurial capacities to sustain the academic enterprise.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 26, March 23, 2004