Student Cost of Attendance Budget

This budget guide has been prepared to assist students in anticipating their financial needs while attending The Cooper Union. Based on our experience with students, we believe this to be a realistic guide for a nine-month academic year. It should be used as a guide and obviously does not reflect the exact costs involved in individual cases.

Art & Architecture Students

 
Living w/
Parents
Living in the
Dormitory
Living
Off-Campus
Tuition1$40,800$40,800$40,800
Student Fee$1,600$1,600$1,600
Lab & Studio Materials Fee$250$250$250
Books & Supplies$1,800$1,800$1,800
Room & Board$1,600$15,560$16,245
Personal$1,575$1,575$1,575
Transportation$750$700$750
Sub-total:$48,375$62,285$63,020
Less Half-tuition Scholarship($20,400)($20,400)($20,400)
Total:$27,975$41,885$42,620

 

International Students are charged an annual fee of $2,010

Engineering Students

 
Living w/
Parents
Living in the
Dormitory
Living
Off-Campus
Tuition1$40,800$40,800$40,800
Student Fee$1,600$1,600$1,600
Lab & Studio Materials Fee$250$250$250
Books & Supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000
Room & Board$1,600$15,560$16,245
Personal$1,575$1,575$1,575
Transportation$750$700$750
Sub-total:$47,575$61,485$62,220
Less Half-tuition Scholarship($20,400)($20,400)($20,400)
Total:$27,175$41,085$41,820

 

International Students are charged an annual fee of $2,010

(1) All students receive a half-tuition scholarship

Additional financial aid will be provided to the neediest students to help cover tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, etc. The amount of additional aid will be based upon a student's demonstrated financial need. First time students must complete both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile forms to be considered for additional financial aid. Please note that for exceptional students, Cooper Union may also offer merit scholarships.

NOTE: Students without health insurance must add a Health Service and Insurance Fee of $1,200.

Examples of Financial Aid Packages


Example 1
Peter is a freshman in the School of Engineering. His family lives in Brooklyn, and he has decided to live at home and commute to school.
Peter’s Cost of Attendance $47,575
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $20,400
Peter’s Expected Family Contribution $1,000
Peter’s Financial Aid Award $26,175
Amount to be covered by Peter via additional aid and/or self‐help $0

Example 2
Rosa is also a freshman in the School of Engineering. She plans to live in the Residence Hall.
Rosa’s Cost of Attendance $61,485
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $20,400
Rosa’s Expected Family Contribution $13,500
Rosa’s Financial Aid Award $19,744
Amount to be covered by Rosa via additional aid and/or self‐help $7,841

Example 3
Siwan is 24 years old and a junior in the School of Art. His family is from Florida and he lives in an apartment in Queens.
Siwan’s Cost of Attendance $63,020
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $20,400
Siwan’s Expected Family Contribution $0 
Siwan’s Financial Aid award $31,965
Amount to be covered by Siwan via additional aid and/or self‐help $10,655

Example 4
Cora is a freshman in the School of Architecture. She plans to live in the Residence Hall.
Cora’s Cost of Attendance $62,285
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $20,400
Cora’s Expected Family Contribution $30,000
Cora’s Financial Aid Award $6,814
Amount to be covered by Cora via additional aid and/or self‐help $5,071

  • 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.