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The Cooper Union was founded on the principle of providing access to higher education regardless of race, creed, gender or financial means. Tuition assistance has been integral to the make-up of the institution since it began over 150 years ago. Our admissions process is need-blind which means your financial circumstances have no bearing on your admissions decision. 

At Cooper Union, every admitted undergraduate student receives a half-tuition scholarship currently valued at $22,275 per academic year (2020-2021). Please know that the length of all the merit scholarships, institutional grants (including tuition assistance) are 4 years (total of 8 semesters) for Art and Engineering students and 5 years (total of 10 semesters) for Architecture students. Students must be enrolled as a full-time student, maintain satisfactory academic progress eligibility, and adhere to the institutional code of conduct to receive Cooper Union merit scholarships and institutional grants (including tuition assistance). Please note that all institutional scholarships and grants are for first bachelor’s degree seeking students only. Students will automatically be considered for additional merit-based scholarship through the admissions process. In order to be considered for need-based aid, students must file the FAFSA form. For more information, review the financial aid priority deadlines. For more detailed information on requirements for scholarships and grants, visit here

FAFSA (Title IV Institutional) Code: 002710
NYS TAP Code: 0170

The Cooper Union’s Office of Financial Aid helps students and their families understand the financial requirements of a Cooper Union education and explore options and funding to meet educational expenses. We provide assistance with all aspects of the financial aid application process and help individuals and families financially plan their academic careers at the institution.

The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to change or modify your financial aid package at any time without prior notifications.

Financial Literacy:

Cooper Union is committed to providing all enrolled students access to information to help acquire the skills needed to manage their finances. Cooper Union students have free access to Financial Avenue, an on-line resource providing comprehensive information about financial literacy.  In order to obtain login and password information, please send an email to along with your full name and program of study.

Please schedule a virtual office appointment with us should you require further assistance. 

When scheduling:

  • Please use the Financial Aid Appointment calendar for assistance regarding your financial aid award package, missing documents, scholarships and grants, and financial aid/SAP appeals. 
  • To schedule an appointment related to billings, payments, and account holds assistance, please use the Student Accounts Appointment calendar.

Office of Financial Aid
30 Cooper Square, 2nd Floor
New York, NY  10003-7120

Telephone: (212) 353-4113
Fax: (917) 793-3304

Please use the email below to submit the documents. 

Submit Financial Aid Appeal Documents -

Submit Financial Aid Verification Documents -

Submit Financial Aid SAP Appeal Documents - 

Submit Official Lease Documents - 


  • 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.