Financial Aid

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The Cooper Union was founded on the principle of providing access to higher education regardless of race, creed, gender or financial means.  Tuition assistance has been integral to the make-up of the institution since it began over 150 years ago.  Our admissions process is need-blind which means your financial circumstances have no bearing on your admissions decision. 

As an all honors college, every admitted student receives a half-tuition scholarship valued at $20,400 per academic year (2015-2016). Students will automatically be considered for additional merit based scholarship through the admissions process.  In order to be considered for need-based aid, students must file the FAFSA form. Any student applying Early Decision for Engineering may submit the CSS Profile form to receive an estimated financial aid package before the FAFSA becomes available January 1st.

The Cooper Union’s Office of Financial Aid helps students and their families understand the financial requirements of a Cooper Union education and explore options and funding to meet educational expenses. We provide assistance with all aspects of the financial aid application process and help individuals and families financially plan their academic careers at the institution.

You may contact the Office of Financial Aid with the information below:

Office of Financial Aid
30 Cooper Square, 3rd Floor
New York, NY  10003-7120
Telephone: (212) 353-4113
Fax: (212) 353-4193

Title IV Institutional Code: #002710
CSS Profile Code: #2097

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.