Housing and cost of attendance

The housing and cost of attendance budget guide is based on a nine-month academic year with three housing options: living on-campus in the Cooper Student Residence Hall; off-campus, typically in the NYC area; or living with your family (usually described as a "commuter”). The guide attempts to provide you with a general idea of how your financial aid will differ depending on the housing option you choose. Every student has individual circumstances and the examples below provide general guidance. As always, feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@cooper.edu should you wish to discuss your situation.

Student Housing and Cost of Attendance Budget for 2020-2021





International Students are charged a semester fee of $1,005 ($2,010 for one year)

(1)  All students receive a half-tuition scholarship

Additional financial aid will be provided to the students with the greatest demonstrated need to help cover tuition, housing, food, books, supplies, etc. The amount of additional aid will be based upon that demonstrated financial need. First time students must complete the FAFSA to be considered for additional financial aid. In addition, The Cooper Union also offers merit scholarships to those who qualify students.

**All off-campus Students must submit a signed, official copy of their lease/sub lease. If sub leasing, please provide a notarized letter with a copy of the signed, official lease by the person whose name appears on the lease. All required documentation must be received by August 30th. Failure to meet this deadline will cause your financial aid application to default to a lower cost of attendance and your financial aid package may be adversely impacted as a result.

NOTE: Students without health insurance must add an estimated Health Service and Insurance Fee of $1,782 for the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • 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.