Student Fees

Annual Fees

Comprehensive Fee
The comprehensive fee of $1,750 is payable by new students upon admission and by returning students at registration. A late surcharge of $100 will be assessed if the comprehensive fee is not paid by registration. This fee covers the cost of Curtis textbooks and provided course-related materials. 

Note: This does not include expenses for textbooks for students studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Curtis does not cover transportation costs incurred for attending courses at the University of Pennsylvania.

COVID-19 Fee
In the 2021–22 academic year the COVID-19 fee of $2,000 will cover on-site testing, vaccine day clinics, rapid tests, PPE supplies, additional housekeeping, and quarantine spaces/accomodations. 

Health Services Fee
The health services fee of $1,265, payable prior to or at registration, provides Curtis students with access to the University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service (SHS) for primary physical health care. Students do not need to have Curtis insurance to take advantage of these services.

This fee also includes initial emotional and psychological counseling provided by our private psychologists. Students are allowed five free visits with a member of our mental health team. Additional visits can be discussed with the associate dean of student services.

Health Care Insurance
Curtis requires all students to have adequate health care insurance for twelve months and offers a comprehensive student health insurance policy designed especially for our students. For 2021–22, all students are charged $4,180 for this plan.

Students may request exemption from Curtis's plan if they have a parental or private health insurance plan that provides adequate protection while they are attending Curtis. To seek an exemption, students must present prior to registration: (a) proof of coverage for the twelve months beginning September 1 and (b) a copy of their plan’s Summary Plan Description (SPD) or Schedule of Benefits that details the actual coverage. The student and parent will be required to sign a release form acknowledging their sole responsibility for any uninsured medical expenses. If, after review, the private plan is found to be inadequate, the student will be advised to enroll in the Curtis plan. If the student still chooses to be exempt from the Curtis plan, the student and parents will be required to sign the release form.

Lenfest Hall Residential and Dining Fees

Undergraduate students born on or after September 1, 1999 are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis. Additionally, incoming students who are over 18 years of age and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live in Lenfest Hall during their first two years of study at Curtis.

Students who are 17 years of age and under and pursuing a high school diploma are required to live with a parent or guardian off-campus. Younger students who initially live off-campus with a parent or guardian are required to move into Lenfest Hall at the start of the academic year after they turn 18 or complete their high school diploma, whichever comes first.

Older students are strongly encouraged to consider the cost, safety, and convenience of living in Lenfest Hall.


Lenfest Hall Housing           
9-month Total*
Single - Standard $10,534 $17,359
Double N/A N/A
Single - Deluxe $11,398 $18,223
Dining Options    
19 Meal Plan* $6,825  
70 Block N/A  
40 Block N/A  

9 or 8 Meals per Week⁺

$3,711 Off Campus Housing Plan 


*All Lenfest Hall residents are required to have the 19-meal plan. No exceptions.

⁺9-meal plan includes $400 in dining dollars; 8-meal plan includes $750 in dining dollars

Proration of Fees for Early Withdrawal

Comprehensive Fee: 50% of fee is charged at first day of each term, no refund once term begins

Health Services: no refund after the 60% mark of the academic year

Health Care Insurance: refund determined by third-party provider

Lenfest Hall Residential and Dining Fees: no refund after the 80% mark of the term when withdrawal occurs

NOTE: All calculations are based on weeks (not days) of enrollment, where one day of enrollment counts as a week earned.

One-Time Fees and Deposits

Library deposit: $100

Instrument deposit (other than piano): $100

Graduation fee: $125 (payable at the beginning of the spring term for students expecting to graduate at the end of that term; the fee covers the costs of cap and gown rental and related expenses)

Piano Moving and Tuning

Students majoring in piano, organ, harpsichord, composition, or conducting who are lent a Curtis piano must pay a $300 security deposit, the cost of moving the piano from school to their apartment, and the cost of returning the piano to Curtis. The moving expense varies depending on the distance between the apartment and Curtis, plus the degree of difficulty of moving the piano into the apartment. Moving costs approximately $150 to $500 each way.

Curtis will pay for the first piano tuning, but students must cover costs of any additional tuning and repairs.