Cooper Union Announces 0% Increase for 2021-22 Undergraduate Tuition & Fees

POSTED ON: January 11, 2021


For the third consecutive year, The Cooper Union is pleased to announce that there will be no increase in undergraduate tuition for the upcoming academic year (2021-22). The charge for student fees will also remain unchanged in 2021-22. 

Cooper Union will continue to provide scholarships for all undergraduates, guaranteed to cover at minimum 50% of tuition (as has been since tuition was instituted in 2014). Additionally, in accordance with Cooper’s Plan to Return to Full-Tuition Scholarships, aggregate scholarship levels continue to steadily increase and for the 2021-22 academic year. While each student’s total scholarship amount may be different based on financial need, the average undergraduate scholarship covers 78% of tuition.

With the challenges of 2020, Cooper’s ability to maintain tuition levels while continuing to support significant scholarship levels has been due to the collective efforts of the full Cooper Union community, including staff, faculty, students, and alumni. 

“The discipline, ingenuity, resilience, and generosity displayed by all – including our community of donors – were central to making it possible for us to stay on track for the long term and for this moment, especially, when more students and families are in need of support,” says Mark Campbell, Vice President for Enrollment.

  • 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.