The Summer Art Intensive Policies

Requesting to Withdraw from a Class

If you need to withdraw from a course, you must notify the Office of Continuing Education in writing. No full or partial refund can be granted without a written request.

Failure to complete a course, ceasing to attend class, notifying the instructor of your desire to withdraw, or general dissatisfaction with a course does not constitute a withdrawal and does not entitle you to a refund. Instructors are not permitted OR able to process withdrawals, transfers or refunds. Withdrawals, transfers and refunds are available only through The Cooper Union Continuing Education Office by written request.

To submit a written request to withdraw, students may send an email with subject heading as 'WITHDRAW' to Please include the following information in your request:

  1. The Continuing Education course you are withdrawing from
  2. Your first and last name
  3. Your telephone number
  4. Reason for withdrawal

Refund Deadlines

Refunds are granted if your written request to withdraw is received by our office as per the schedule listed below. Requests sent by mail will be considered by the date they are postmarked. Please note that during June, July and August the office is closed on Friday. Therefore, in summer Fridays are not considered a business day.

In case of withdrawal due to medically certified illness, a Cooper Union Letter of Credit/ Electronic Voucher will be issued upon receipt of physician's documentation. A Cooper Union Letter of Credit/Electronic Voucher will be issued for the balance of the remaining class sessions. There will be no monetary refund. Registration fees, model fees, and materials fees are not refundable.

Refunds are processed in the order they are received and may take 8-10 business days to be processed.

For 4-10 session classes or longer

Non-refundable Registration Fee: $240

If you withdraw

You will receive

  • 5 business days before the first class session: The student will receive a 100% tuition refund.
  • 4 business days before the start of class to before the second class session: The student will receive a 75% tuition Electronic Voucher.
  • After the second class session: No refunds or vouchers are granted.

If you paid by:

You will be refunded by:

  • Credit card: Credit card
  • Check: Check
  • Cash or Money Order: Check
  • Letter of Credit: Electronic Voucher
  • Combination of Letter of Credit and Cash: Combination of  Electronic Voucher and Check

Letters of Credit and Electronic Vouchers

We now have the ability to create Letters of Credit for our students in our online database. These electronic Letters of Credit are called Electronic Vouchers. We have phased out written Letters of Credit and replace them with Electronic Vouchers. If you are eligible to receive a Letter of Credit, it will now be granted to you as an Electronic Voucher. This means that your credit with our department will be programmed into your online account. This enables you to use your credit while registering for courses online.

  1. If you have a Letter of Credit you must present the original in person,
    or mail it to our office in order to apply it towards your registration.
    The original must be received by our office—copies
    will not be accepted.
  2. At any point in time you may bring in (or mail in) an original Letter of Credit
    and we can convert it into an Electronic Voucher. Once this is done,
    your credit will be applied toward your next registration.

Proof of Course Completion

Requests for proof of course completion must be made in writing within one year of course completion and must include a $10 service fee for each class record requested. Please allow two weeks to process.

The Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive does not provide housing on campus, meal plans, or college credits. The program can provide a letter of completion upon request.  

  • 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.