Financial Aid

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41 Cooper Square Lobby

41 Cooper Square Lobby

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. 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 assist with all aspects of the financial aid application process and help individuals and families financially plan their academic careers at the institution.

At The Cooper Union, every admitted undergraduate student receives a half-tuition scholarship currently valued at $22,275 per academic year.

Schedule a virtual office appointment if you have any questions or require assistance. 

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  • 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.