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$39,600$39,600$39,600
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$15,220$16,100
Personal$1,575$1,575$1,575
Transportation$750$700$750
Sub-total:$47,175$60,745$61,675
Less Half-tuition Scholarship($19,800)($19,800)($19,800)
Total:$27,375$40,945$41,875

 

International Students are charged an annual fee of $1,960

Engineering Students

 
Living w/
Parents
Living in the
Dormitory
Living
Off-Campus
Tuition1$39,600$39,600$39,600
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$15,220$16,100
Personal$1,575$1,575$1,575
Transportation$750$700$750
Sub-total:$46,375$59,945$60,875
Less Half-tuition Scholarship($19,800)($19,800)($19,800)
Total:$26,575$40,145$41,075

 

International Students are charged an annual fee of $1,960

(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. International students should add an additional International Student Fee of $1,960

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 $46,375
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $19,800
Peter’s Expected Family Contribution $1,000
Peter’s Financial Aid Award $25,575
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 $59,945
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $19,800
Rosa’s Expected Family Contribution $13,500
Rosa’s Financial Aid Award $19,038
Amount to be covered by Rosa via additional aid and/or self‐help $7,607

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 $61,675
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $19,800
Siwan’s Expected Family Contribution $0 
Siwan’s Financial Aid award $31,406
Amount to be covered by Siwan via additional aid and/or self‐help $10,469

Example 4
Cora is a freshman in the School of Architecture. She plans to live in the Residence Hall.
Cora’s Cost of Attendance $60,745
Half‐tuition Merit Scholarship $19,800
Cora’s Expected Family Contribution $30,000
Cora’s Financial Aid Award $6,109
Amount to be covered by Cora via additional aid and/or self‐help $4,836

  • 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.