Tuition & Fees


Undergraduate Tuition

Starting in the Fall of 2014, all students enrolling for the first time at Cooper Union receive a half-tuition scholarship currently worth $20,400 per year ($10,200 per semester). Additional financial aid is provided to the least fortunate students to help cover tuition, housing, food, books, supplies etc. The amount of additional aid is based upon a student's demonstrated financial need. Students must file a FAFSA to be considered for additional financial aid. Please note that Cooper Union offers merit scholarships to exceptional students. Also, Cooper Union uses a need-blind admissions process meaning that a student's ability to pay does not impact the admissions decisions.

Undergraduate students first enrolling at Cooper Union prior to the Fall of 2014, receive a full tuition scholarship valued at $40,800 ($20,400 per semester) for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Graduate Tuition

School of Architecture 2015-2016: The Master of Architecture II program is a three-semester program. All admitted students will be assessed tuition at the rate of $20,400 per semester. Graduate fellowships are available for admitted students of exceptional merit and/or need.

School of Engineering 2015-2016: Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,200 per credit; 30 credits total. Any admitted Cooper Union alumnus entering the graduate program in Fall 2015 is eligible for a half-tuition scholarship for two years of study. Merit-based scholarships and research assistantships will be available to a select group of exceptional applicants in every degree-granting department. The deadline to apply for Fall 2015 full time graduate study is April 1, 2015.

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Fees and Refunds

A nonrefundable application fee of $75 is paid by all candidates for admission. Each student enrolled in a degree program pays a student fee of $800 per semester. For new students, this fee is payable on acceptance of admission and is not refundable.

For continuing students, the $800 fee per semester is payable prior to the first day class; it is 100 percent refundable up to the 14th day of class, 50 percent refundable up to the 21st day of class and 30 percent refundable up to the 28th day of class. Thereafter, it is not refundable.

Continuing students must pay each semester’s student fee in accordance with the bill’s “due date.”

All fees are subject to annual revision. Students who do not pay the required fee will have their registration cancelled.

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General Lab and Studio Materials Fee

A general lab and studio materials fee of $125 per semester will be charged to each student’s account. As the title suggests, this fee covers normal usage, “wear and tear,” and basic supplies for laboratory and studio projects. For new students, this fee is payable on acceptance of admission and is non-refundable.

Student Residence Fees

Students electing to live in Student Residence will be responsible for paying the regular housing fees. The fees for the 2015-2016 academic year are $11,560 for a double (two students per bedroom) and $12,600 for a single (one student per bedroom). The fees cover residence for the fall and spring semesters and may be paid in two parts.

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Refund Policy for Student Residence

A refund of housing charges resulting from an approved request to cancel the housing agreement will be made in accordance with the following schedule: 100 percent of the total housing charges for the semester if the cancellation request is made prior to August 1 for the subsequent fall semester and December 1 for the subsequent spring semester; 65 percent if made by September 30 for the fall semester and January 31 for the spring; and 35 percent if made by October 31 for the fall and February 29 for the spring. No refunds will be made after these dates.

Students who are evicted from the Student Residence or whose Housing Agreements are terminated for violations of the terms of the Housing Agreement are not eligible for refunds.

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Health Service and Insurance Fee

Cooper Union requires all students to submit proof, prior to registration, that they have health insurance. Students who fail to supply the information requested on the Student Accident and Sickness/Enrollment Waiver form by July 15 will be billed $1,200 for the Health Service and Insurance Fee for that academic year.

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International Student Fee

Students on visas (those who are non-citizens or who are not permanent residents) are responsible for an additional fee of $2,010 per year payable by August 15.

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Graduation Fee

A graduation fee of $250 is required of all students entering their last year at The Cooper Union. This fee is payable upon registration for the senior year and is refundable if a student fails to meet graduation requirements that year.

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Special Fees

A charge of $100 will be made for late payment of the student fee. A charge of $25 will be made per occasion involving change of section or registration program.

The Cooper Union reserves the right to change its fees at any time.

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Graduate Student Maintenance of Matriculation Fee

The requirements for the Master of Engineering program must be completed within two years of admission to graduate status, except with the expressed consent of the Dean of Engineering. Requests for extension must be presented in writing to the Dean in the final semester of the second year. Thesis adviser approval is also required. Master’s students who receive approval to extend their studies beyond two years will be assessed a maintenance of matriculation fee of $3,000 per semester.

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Books, Materials and School Supplies

Each student must supply, at his or her own expense, textbooks, drawing materials, hand tools and other necessary items.

If laboratory apparatus, machinery or studio equipment is damaged by careless handling, the student will be charged for repair or replacement. All students enrolled in School of Art courses should be prepared to pay for consumable materials supplied by the School for student use. Click here for a detailed breakdown of estimated costs.

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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.