Tuition and Fees

Full-time Penn graduate students

Penn students do not normally incur any additional tuition obligations by enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN). For further information, please contact SCAN staff by e-mail.

For non-Penn students

Your tuition at the University of Pennsylvania is calculated at a per course unit (c.u.)* rate based on the program you choose and the number of course units for which you register unless otherwise indicated. Tuition for SCAN courses are billed at the rates listed in the table below.

Summer 2019 – Spring 2020 Tuition and Fee Rates for SCAN certificate Courses

Course Units Tuition (estimate) General Fee (estimate) Total
1 $7,002 $414 $7,416
2 $14,004 $828 $14,832


All tuition and fee charges are subject to the approval of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and may change without notice.

To fulfill the requirements for this degree program, you must complete four course units (c.u.)*, which include two foundational courses and two neuroscience electives. SCAN students often complete the program in one to two years.

University fees

General fee: The general fee constitutes a partial contribution to the support of such essential facilities as a large library system, museums and institutes and special laboratories.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.