Frequently Asked Questions

Registration/FAQ


Registration Policies and Deadlines
Full payment is required to process your registration. Incomplete registrations or partial payments cannot be processed. You will be notified by our office once to complete your registration and submit payment. You will not be registered for the class until full payment is received. VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards, check, money order, cash or original Cooper Union Letters of Credit are accepted as payment for Continuing Education classes and programs. Registrations are processed in order of receipt.

Classes fill quickly and early registration is recommended to guarantee placement. Prompt registration also reduces the possibility that a course might be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

Should your selected course be full, you will be notified and asked to select another course or be placed on a waiting list. The Cooper Union Continuing Education reserves the right to cancel courses (with full refund), alter schedules or substitute faculty when necessary.

  • To register online, browse through our categories to find courses that interest you. Online registrations require an active email address and credit card payment.

Please visit our homepage to confirm the registration deadline for the current semester

  • To register in person, visit the Office of Continuing Education, 30 Cooper Square, NY, NY 10003. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:30am-5:30pm (We are closed during holidays and Fridays in the summer).
  • To register by mail, please use the form in the back of our printed catalog and mail it to:

    The Cooper Union Department of Continuing Education
    30 Cooper Square
    New York, NY 10003

    Mail registrations must be postmarked by the registration deadline.

    NOTE: Due to the possibility of postal delays, we recommend that you register by fax, telephone, online or in person.
  • To register by telephone, call 212-353-4195, 10:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday. Phone registrations require payment by credit card. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards are accepted. Phone registrations must be received by the registration deadline posted on our homepage.
  • To register by fax, fax your registration form and credit card payment information to 212-353-4183. You must fax your registration by the registration deadline.
  • To register with a Letter of Credit or a Gift Certificate, the original Letter of Credit or Gift Certificate must be returned to the Office of Continuing Education. You may either mail it directly to us, or bring it with you to register in person. **Please note that mailed registrations must be postmarked by the registration deadline posted on our homepage.

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Summary of Fees

Amount

Type of Fee

Fee Description

 

Class Tuition

Prices vary. Please refer to specific course descriptions for the cost of your class.

$25.00

Registration Fee- Non-Refundable

Charged once per student per term in addition to the Tuition Fee.

$15.00

Late Registration Fee- Non-Refundable

Please see our Late Registration Policy.

$10.00

Transfer Fee- Non-Refundable

Students may transfer once for free per semester. This fee is charged for the second transfer. Only 2 transfers permitted per student per semester.

$25.00

Returned Check Fee- Non-Refundable

Registration cannot be guaranteed until check is re-submitted and clears.

$10.00

Course Completion Letter - Non-Refundable

Processing Fee

 

Model Fees & Supply Fees-Non-Refundable

Fees vary. Please refer to specific course descriptions for the cost of your class.

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Late Registration
 

If you are registering:

 

After the registration deadline (see our homepage)

After the first class meeting date

ONLINE

 

Online Registration Closed

Registration Closed

 

BY PHONE, IN PERSON, BY FAX OR MAIL

 

Tuition + Registration Fee +

$15.00 Late Fee

Registration Closed

We do not accept registrations the day the class begins

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Confirmation and Class Location
A registration receipt for course, lecture or tour will be emailed to confirm registration and meeting dates. If you have not provided us with an e-mail address you will receive confirmation via postal mail. You will be informed of the classroom location once it has been confirmed. Your registration receipt is your identification and is required for admission to The Cooper Union's buildings and courses.

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Waitlists
If a class you wanted to register for is already full, you may add your name to the class waiting list. You may do this by calling us at 212-353-4195, or by clicking the 'Add student to the waiting list' link beside the class that is full on our website. An email will be automatically sent to our office and you will be placed on the list.

Putting your name on the waitlist does not guarantee placement in the class.

You will be notified by phone if space becomes available in the class. If we do not hear back from you within one business day, we will continue to call other people on the waitlist.

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Transfers
If you would like to transfer to a different course, you must notify the Office of Continuing Education in writing. No transfers can be processed without a written request.

Students are permitted to transfer:

- once within a semester at no charge
- only twice per semester - there is a $10 fee for the second transfer)
- only if the class they are transferring into has availability



Students may not transfer:

- into a class that has already met for two or more sessions
- into a class that meets in a different semester

Transfers are processed in the order they are received and may take 1-5 business days to be processed.

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Requesting to Withdraw from a Class
If you need to withdraw from a course, you must notify the Office of Continuing Education in writing. No full or partial refund can be granted without a written request.

Failure to complete a course, ceasing to attend class, notifying the instructor of your desire to withdraw, or general dissatisfaction with a course does not constitute a withdrawal and does not entitle you to a refund. Instructors are not permitted OR able to process withdrawals, transfers or refunds. Withdrawals, transfers and refunds are available only through The Cooper Union Continuing Education Office by written request.

To submit a written request to withdraw, students may send an email with subject heading as 'WITHDRAW' to continuing@cooper.edu. Please include the following information in your request:

  1. The course you are withdrawing from
  2. Your first and last name
  3. Your telephone number
  4. Reason for withdrawal

Withdrawal requests may also be mailed to:

The Cooper Union Office of Continuing Education
30 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003

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Refund Deadlines
Refunds are granted if your written request to withdraw is received by our office as per the schedule listed below. Requests sent by mail will be considered by the date they are postmarked.

AFTER THE SECOND CLASS SESSION NO REFUNDS OR CREDITS WILL BE GRANTED. In case of withdrawal due to medically certified illness, a Cooper Union Letter of Credit/ Electronic Voucher will be issued upon receipt of physician's documentation. A Cooper Union Letter of Credit/Electronic Voucher will be issued for the balance of the remaining class sessions. There will be no monetary refund. Registration fees, model fees and materials fees are not refundable.

Refunds are processed in the order they are received and may take 8-10 business days to be processed.

For 4-10 session classes

If you withdraw

You will receive

5 business days before the first class session

The student will receive a 100% tuition refund.

Before the second class session

The student will receive a 75% tuition Electronic Voucher.

After the second class session

No refunds or vouchers are granted.

 

For 1-3 session classes and workshops

If you withdraw

You will receive

5 business days before the first class session

The student will receive a 100% tuition refund.

1 business day before the first class session

The student will receive a 75% tuition Electronic Voucher.

Before the second class session

No refunds or vouchers are granted.

After the second class session

No refunds or vouchers are granted.

 

If you are entitled to a refund, you will be refunded the same way you paid, with the exception of cash or money order payments.

 

If you paid by:

You will be refunded by:

Credit card

Credit card

Check

Check

Cash or Money Order

Check

Letter of Credit

Electronic Voucher

Combination of Letter of Credit and Cash

Combination of  Electronic Voucher and Check

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Letters of Credit and Electronic Vouchers
We now have the ability to create Letters of Credit for our students in our online database. These electronic Letters of Credit are called Electronic Vouchers. We have phased out written Letters of Credit and replace them with Electronic Vouchers. If you are eligible to receive a Letter of Credit, it will now be granted to you as an Electronic Voucher. This means that your credit with our department will be programmed into your online account. This enables you to use your credit while registering for courses online.

  1. If you have a Letter of Credit you must present the original in person,
    or mail it to our office in order to apply it towards your registration.
    The original must be received by our office—faxes and copies
    will not be accepted.
  2. At any point in time you may bring in (or mail in) an original Letter of Credit
    and we can convert it into an Electronic Voucher. Once this is done,
    your credit will be applied toward your next registration.

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Proof of Course Completion
Requests for proof of course completion must be made in writing within one year of course completion and must include a $10 service fee for each class record requested. We maintain registration records for seven years. Requests for Course Completion Letters for classes taken more than 7 seven years ago cannot be granted. Please allow two weeks to process.

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Class Attendance and Auditing
Auditing:

The Cooper Union Continuing Education program does not allow unregistered students to audit classes. You must be enrolled and your tuition must be paid in full in order to attend our classes.

 

Attendance:

If the student is aware in advance that he or she will be unable to attend class, the student should inform the instructor and request any lesson plans or assignments in advance.

If you miss a class and your instructor teaches the same class on a different night of the week you ARE NOT PERMITTED to attend the class. Students must attend class on the night that they have registered for, due to our campus security policy, limited classroom space, and to ensure a consistent and productive learning environment for all students.

*Please consider your schedule carefully and be sure to review our refund policy before registering for a class.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I register for a class?
    For details on how to register for our courses, view our Registration Policies and Procedures.

  2. What is your refund policy?
    We highly recommend that you review our refund policy before signing up for classes.

  3. What are your office hours?
    We are open Monday - Friday, 10:30am - 5:30pm.
    Summer office hours (June-September 1st): Monday -Thursday, 10:30am - 5:30pm.

  4. Where are you located?
    Our office is located at 30 Cooper Square. We have several different locations where classes meet:
    The Foundation Building (map)
    7 East 7th Street
    between Third and Fourth Avenues
    New Academic Building
    41 Cooper Square
    3rd Avenue
    between 6th and 7th street
    Continuing Education Office (map)
    30 Cooper Square
    On Cooper Square near East 5th Street
    The University Settlement (map)
    273 Bowery
    at the corner of Bowery and Houston Street
    To get here by subway: The closest stop to The Cooper Union is at Astor Place, which is served by the #6 train. The N and R trains have a stop at 8th Street and Broadway, about 2 blocks west of The Cooper Union.

    The closest stop to The University Settlement is Bleecker Street, which is also served by the #6 train. Exit the train station near the intersection of East Houston and Lafayette Street. Walk East (towards Mulberry Street) on Houston Street about three and a half blocks until you reach the corner of Bowery and Houston. University Settlement is at the southeastern corner of the intersection. Or take the F train to Lower East Side/Second Avenue station and walk West on Houston street about 1 block until you reach the corner of Houston and Bowery.

  5. How many semesters are offered in a year?
    Continuing Education classes are offered in three different semesters throughout the year. Our Fall semester classes typically run from October to December (10 Weeks), Winter/Spring classes run from February to May (10 weeks) and our Summer classes run from June to mid August (8-9 weeks).

  6. Do you offer GED classes? Can I receive academic credits for classes I take with Continuing Education?
    No, we do not have a GED program, and none of our classes may be taken for academic credits. (We are not an accredited degree or certificate-granting program). For information on GED programs in New York, try visiting the New York Department of Education.

  7. Do you offer senior discounts?
    No, we do not offer senior discounts. We sometimes have promotional events such as our Open House when we waive the $25 registration fee for people who register that day.

  8. I've heard that The Cooper Union offers free education. Are your classes free?
    No. Cooper Union Continuing Education classes range in price depending on the total number of classroom hours. Please refer to each individual class description for exact prices. You can browse our course offerings online. The Cooper Union offers tuition-free four year undergraduate degree programs in art, architecture and engineering. If you would like more information about the degree program visit http://cooper.edu.

  9. Do I need books or supplies for your classes?
    You may need additional books or supplies for some classes. Please refer to a specific class description for more details. Students are responsible for purchasing their own class books and supplies.

  10. Do you require foreign language students to take a test in order to determine level placement?
    There is no required test of any kind to determine what level of foreign language you should sign up for. Please carefully review the class descriptions and make a self-assessment to determine which level you would feel most comfortable starting at.

  11. What should I do if I have to miss a class?
    If you know in advance that you need to miss a class please notify your instructor. If you miss a class and your instructor teaches the same class on a different night of the week you ARE NOT PERMITTED to attend the class. Students must attend class on the night that they have registered for, due to our campus security policy, limited classroom space, and to ensure a consistent and productive learning environment for all students.

    Make-up sessions and/or reimbursement will only be arranged for classes that are cancelled or postponed by The Office of Continuing Education.

  12. Do you prorate?
    No, Cooper Union Continuing Education does not prorate. You must pay for a class in full in order to be registered.

  13. Are students permitted to audit classes?
    No. The Cooper Union Continuing Education program does not allow unregistered students to audit classes. You must be enrolled, and your tuition must be paid in full in order to attend our classes.

  14. Will I receive a school ID if I register for a Continuing Education course?
    The Office of Continuing Education issues students a registration confirmation email, which affords the student access to buildings where classes meet only at the scheduled meeting times. Continuing Education students do not have access to The Cooper Union Library, laboratories, studios or other facilities.

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  • 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.