How to Apply

To apply for financial aid you must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), School Code #002710. When processed, this form will produce an Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which determines your eligibility for financial aid.

If you are a first time applicant to The Cooper Union and would like to be considered for Cooper Union Grants or Cooper Union Loans, you must also complete a CSS Profile Form, School Code #2097.

You may complete these forms on line at and

It is important that you file these forms as soon after January 1st as possible.

  • 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.