Priorities

In considering applications for financial aid, first priority is given to first-degree undergraduates who have exceptional financial need and therefore could not complete their education without such aid. Second priority is given to first-degree students who demonstrate relative need. Second-degree students are prohibited under federal law from receiving federal grants and are not eligible for institutional aid beyond the full-tuition scholarship. Therefore, second-degree students are referred to the various loan programs for financial assistance.

The Cooper Union is willing to make every effort to assist the student and the student's family in helping to meet educational costs, but the school is unable to assume the role of substitute for the family.

Students who receive financial aid in their first year at The Cooper Union generally continue to be aided in accordance with their financial circumstances from year to year. This does not imply, however, that the aid will be the same each year. Each package depends on family resources, the availability of funds, the student's capacity for self-help and continued appropriations from the federal government. To continue to qualify for financial aid, students must maintain good academic standing and be making satisfactory progress as determined by the standards of the school. Students on academic probation for two semesters are not eligible for federal financial aid. Reduced programs may result in a reduction in financial aid.

  • 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.