Tuition & Fees


Undergraduate Tuition

The cost of tuition at The Cooper Union for the 2016-2017 academic year is $42,000.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, all students enrolling for the first time at Cooper Union receive a half-tuition scholarship currently worth $21,000 per year ($10,500 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 $42,000 ($21,000 per semester) for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Graduate Tuition

School of Architecture 2016-2017: The Master of Architecture II program is a three-semester program. All admitted students will be assessed tuition at the rate of $21,000 per semester. Graduate fellowships are available for admitted students of exceptional merit and/or need.

School of Engineering 2016-2017: Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,235 per credit; 30 credits total. Any admitted Cooper Union alumnus entering the graduate program in Fall 2016 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 2016 full time graduate study is April 1, 2016.

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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 7th day of class, 50 percent refundable up to the 14st day of class and 25 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. 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 2016-2017 academic year are $11,910 for a double (two students per bedroom) and $12,980 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 September 9th will be billed $1,520 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 $1,005 per semester payable by August 15 in the Fall semester and February 15th in the Spring semester. 

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Graduation Fee

A graduation fee of $250 is required of all students entering their first semester of their undergraduate/graduate senior 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. In addition, approval must be granted from the student's thesis adviser. 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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Cooper Union Health Insurance

It is a requirement that all matriculated students have health insurance coverage. The Cooper Union provides health insurance for all students through The Cooper Union Accident and Sickness plan. The cost of insurance will appear on every student's billing statement, which should be sent out to every student approximately by July 15, 2016. Students who are covered under their own or their parent's insurance policy may choose to waive The Cooper Union Accident and Sickness plan. Please be advised that if you wish to waive the insurance, the insurance you provide must be currently active and will be subject to verification.

To enroll or waiver in the health insurance plan, you must access The Cooper Union Accident and Sickness plan online at using their Cooper Union ID number. International and Exchange students will NOT be permitted to waive their insurance and are required to enroll in the Cooper Union health insurance plan.

If you do not provide proof of insurance by August 18, 2016, you will not be allowed to waive your insurance and you must pay for the Fall semester portion. There will be no exceptions to this rule.

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Tuition/Housing Payment Plan Policy

It is the responsibility of students to make housing and tuition payments on a timely basis. Failure to pay by the scheduled dates will result in a $100 finance charge. The Cooper Union allows students to make housing payments using one of three methods: full payment, the Four Month Payment Plan or the Applied Financial Aid Payment Plan. Note: students with full tuition scholarship must pay their student/lab studio fees in full. These fees cannot be paid in installments.

Four Month Payment Plan - The Fall Tuition and Housing Fees must be paid in 4 monthly installments beginning on August 15, 2016 and must be paid in full by November 15, 2016. The Spring Tuition and Housing Fees will begin January 15, 2017 and must be paid in full by April 15, 2017.

Applied Financial Aid Payment Plan - The student may elect to apply expected sources of financial aid and/or loans against the Tuition and Housing fees. The student is responsible for completing and submitting the required paperwork to the Financial Aid Office. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for more information. Students expecting outside scholarships may apply these amounts to the installment plan when the scholarship is received.

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International Students Fee

August 15, 2016

Proof of Insurance to Waive Cooper Union Insurance

August 18, 2016

Student Accident and Sickness/Enrollment Waiver form

September 9, 2016

  • 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.