Paying Your Bill
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Penn supports a variety of methods for for students to pay their bill each month. Please review the information below to find the instructions for each payment option we have available.
Please note that Penn does not accept cash payments for any student account charges.
The easiest way to pay your bill is online using Penn.Pay. If you need help getting started, you can read more detailed information here. If you are a student's family member who will be making an online payment on their behalf, note that the student will need to add you to their account as an Authorized User before you can access Penn.Pay
We encourage students/parents to utilize Penn.Pay to make an electronic check/credit card payment as this is the fastest way to make a payment. There is no additional fee to make an electronic ACH payment. Credit cards are subject to a 2.95% convenience fee.
If you prefer to send a check by mail, please make it payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.” Include the student’s full name and 8 digit Penn I.D. number on the check in the Memo line. Please take a photo of the front and back of the check before you mail it for your records. It can take up to 3 weeks for the University to receive the mailed check and post to the account. Please mail your payment to the address below:
University of Pennsylvania
Franklin Building, Room 221
3451 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Please note the following to avoid delays
- Do not post-date checks.
- We will accept FedEx, UPS, DHL or Emory deliveries addressed to Student Accounts.
- Do not send by certified mail. Your check may end up in the University’s central mail department.
- Never send cash in the mail.
While you are encouraged to pay online, you can also drop off a check in the Student Registration & Financial Services drop box in the Franklin Building lobby, located at 3451 Walnut Street. Please make your check payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.”
Penn is not able to accept cash for student account payments.
For detailed instructions on making your payment by wire transfer, click here.
Many states and financial services institutions offer 529 savings programs for families to save money for a child’s college education. Each program has separate rules and regulations governing how funds may be used and how to have monies sent to the University of Pennsylvania. Always check with your provider about how and when to request release of funds, as well as what documents, such as an electronic copy of the student’s bill, are needed.
If you participate in either the Guaranteed Savings Plan or Investment Plan programs, you must first contact the program to request that a payment be issued. You should always provide a copy of your tuition bill when making your request. Please note that payments from your program accounts may take up to ten (10) business days after the program approves your request before the funds are issued to and received by the University of Pennsylvania. Many 529 College Savings Plans now have a digital option. When requesting your withdrawal, look to see if digital disbursement is available from your plan. If the digital option is not available, please make sure the remittance address, listed above under "By Mail," has been updated by your plan program.
Late Payment Penalties
The University must receive the full amount due on or before the bill’s due date, regardless of payment method. If full payment is not received by the due date, a late payment penalty of 1.5% of the amount past due will be assessed, and the student may be placed on a financial hold, which will prevent them from registering for classes until the hold is cleared.
A new late payment penalty will appear on your bill as a new transaction, as will adjustments to previously assessed late payment penalties.
If Penn accepts payment that contains or reflects “paid in full,” or other restrictive endorsements, Penn does not lose any of its rights to collect any amount due.
A check not honored by the bank is subject to a $30 returned check charge. Any balance unpaid on the student account as a result of the returned check is subject to a late payment penalty. The University reserves the right to require a cashier’s check or certified check on future payments. The University does not accept post-dated checks.
A payment returned for non-sufficient funds is subject to a $30 NSF Fee and any unpaid balance as a result of an NSF payment will be subject to a late payment penalty.