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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. 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.
- The length of all merit scholarships and 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. The length of these awards for transfer students will be based on the number of semesters required for graduation at the time of their admission.
- When a student withdraws during the semester, all the institutional scholarships, tuition assistance, and grants for the semester in which they are withdrawing will be pro-rated based on percentage of aid earned. Students are responsible for all financial obligations for the withdrawn semester after pro-rated calculation. For more information, review the withdrawal policy.
- Students must be enrolled as a full-time student, maintain satisfactory academic progress eligibility, and adhere to the institutional code of conduct to receive The 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.
- Review our eligibility and Satisfactory Academic Progress policy here.
- The office of financial aid reserves the right to change or modify your financial aid package at any time without prior notifications.
How to Apply for Financial Aid
- Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the website and use our Federal School Code (Title IV Institutional): 002710
NYS TAP Code: 0170
- Step 2: If you do not already have an FSA ID, apply for one.
- Step 3: If you have already filed your FAFSA, please update your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your parent's 2020 tax information and yours if you filed a return. If you are unable to use the DRT, you will be required to submit a 2020 IRS Tax Return Transcript.
- If you have additional questions, please review our Financial Aid FAQs.
Summer hours of operation are Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. EST. Cooper will be closed July 4, and Fridays during summer hours. Our summer Fridays will end on Friday, August 19.
How best to reach us:
- Schedule a virtual appointment for assistance regarding your financial aid award package, missing documents, scholarships and grants, financial aid appeals, and satisfactory academic progress (SAP) appeals, please use the financial aid appointment calendar.
- Financial aid verification-related questions (please do not send any documents), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- IRS tax transcript requests, please click HERE
- Satisfactory academic progress appeal, please click HERE or email us at email@example.com
- Financial aid appeal, please click HERE or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Housing status change request, email us at email@example.com
- Federal work study, please click HERE or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- General questions about financial aid, email us at email@example.com
- Document submissions:
Office of Financial Aid
41 Cooper Square, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10003
Fax: (917) 793-3304
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org along with your full name and program of study.
CARES Act Emergency Fund Reports
- ARP Act Fund Report - Second
- ARP Act Fund Report- First
- 45-day CARES Act Fund Report - Fourth
- 45-day CARES Act Fund Report - Third
- 45-day CARES Act Fund Report - Second
- 45-day CARES Act Fund Report - First
- 30-day CARES Act Fund Report
- Institutional HEERF Funds Report
- Institutional HEERF Funds Report – Second
COVID-19 Emergency Relief funds
- The Cooper Union is processing the Department of Education’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III)—the allocation of $1,022,836 to Cooper students.