Tuition is at the regular Penn rate, and housing charges are comparable to on-campus accommodations in Philadelphia. Additionally, students do not have to pay Penn's general fee during their DC semester. Students are responsible for their own meals, as well as the cost of commuting and working in Washington (although many employers provide a stipend to cover transportation costs). Participants pay tuition, housing costs, and the technology fee directly to Penn.
You can see how 2017-2018 tuition costs stack up below:
|Semester at Penn||Semester in Washington|
|Housing||$4,909||$4,834 (in 2016)|
Students remain eligible for financial aid during their Semester in DC. In addition, students are eligible for the Penn in Washington Semester Fellowship if their internship is with the government or non-profit sector. The award amount is $1,500 and will more than cover any additional expenses associated with participation in the program. This award will be reduced by a like amount if internship sponsors provide pay for the internship.