Penn Undergraduate Financial Aid COVID-19 Updates

Penn’s Plans for the Fall Semester

On August 11, the University announced that it will not be able to accommodate undergraduates in University housing for the fall semester. Only very limited exceptions will be made for international students and those dealing with significant housing or personal hardships. It had been Penn’s fervent hope since the outset of the coronavirus pandemic that public health measures and an increased availability of testing would allow the University to offer our undergraduates a hybrid learning experience this fall, but unfortunately, COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate across the country. The vast majority of instruction for undergraduate students will be online. Tuition for the fall semester will be rolled back by 3.9%, thus freezing tuition at last year’s rate.

Please visit Penn’s Fall Planning 2020 webpage for the robust plan and the latest updates. Extensive Academic FAQs for Students are also available. 

How Penn Has Supported Aided Undergraduates

We are thankful for the unwavering commitment of our donors, whose gifts to undergraduate financial aid have enabled us to meet the extensive needs of our  students during these extraordinary times including:\

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  • Purchasing plane tickets home, arranging for ground travel, and providing debit cards for food and internet services for students in need of assistance departing campus.
  • Supplying students with laptops and funds to address their technology requirements for remote learning.
  • Continuing to pay all work-study students in the spring semester and making remote work-study opportunities available for students this summer.
  • Waiving all aided students’ summer savings expectation for the 2020-2021 academic year.
  • Reevaluating financial aid packages for families facing new economic hardships.

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If you have any questions, please contact us at: darfinancialaid@dev.upenn.edu.

Penn’s Statement of Support to International Students

On July 9, 2020, the University released a statement of support to international students in response to the federal government changing its rules and stipulating that students in online programs would have to leave the country. You can read the full statement here.

How Can I Support Students?

Internship and Employment Opportunities 

In response to COVID-19, we appreciate Penn alumni and friends who are interested in promoting job and internship opportunities to current students or more experienced Penn alumni who may be looking for new opportunities. To learn more, please contact Natty Leach from Penn Career Services at nleach@upenn.edu.

COVID-19 Special Response Fund for Undergraduates

Gifts to help aided undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 Special Response Fund in Student Financial Services. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Give to the COVID-19 Special Response Fund

COVID-19 Special Response Fund for International Undergraduates

Gifts to help international undergraduate students and their families during this time can be directed to the COVID-19 International Special Response Fund in Student Financial Services. This fund will be used to support emergency and ongoing financial needs for international undergraduates due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Give to the COVID-19 International Special Response Fund

The University’s Response to COVID-19

The University’s COVID-19 webpage is updated frequently. Please visit here for the latest information from Penn.