Policies, Procedures, & Contact

  • Half-Tuition Scholarship Details

    • 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 Students are responsible for all financial obligations for the withdrawn semester after pro-rated calculation.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: Please update your 2023 – 2024 FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your parent's 2021 tax information and yours if you filed a return. If you are unable to use the DRT, you will be required to submit a 2021 IRS Tax Return Transcript.
       
    • If updating your 2022 – 2023 FAFSA, use 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.
  • Withdrawal Policy

    • Requests to withdrawal from a semester must be made in writing to the Registrar. Withdrawals have both academic and financial aid implications.
    • For academic implications, a student should consult their respective school.
    • The financial aid implications are outlined below:
       
    • Category 1 - If student withdrew before end of the third week
    • 1.       Student will be rebilled.
      2.       Half-merit (50%) will be adjusted based on updated tuition charges.
      3.       All other institutional aid beyond tuition will be pro-rated based on earned percentage (applies to all students).
      4.       Percentage Earned Aid = (# calendar days completed) ÷ (# calendar days in the enrollment period) x 100 – use this to determine percentage earned.
      • For Example: Spring semester start/end date 01/18/22-05/13/22 and student withdrew on 02/08/22, percentage student earned = 20.60% (22 days completed/107 days in the enrollment period)
      • Initial tuition charges  - $22,275
      • New tuition charges after tuition adjustment – $11,138
      • New half-merit 50% tuition merit $11,138 /2 = $5,569 – adjusted half-merit
      • All other institutional aid including cooper grant, financial aid grant, innovator will be based on percentage earned formula above.

      5.       All emergency funds will remain unchanged.
       

    • Category 2- If student withdrew after the third week
    • 1.       Half-merit (50%) will not be adjusted.
      2.       All other institutional aid beyond tuition will be pro-rated based on earned percentage (applies to all students). 
      3.       Percentage Earned Aid = (# calendar days completed) ÷ (# calendar days in the enrollment period) x 100 – use this to determine percentage earned.
      • For Example: Spring semester start/end date 01/18/22-05/13/22 and student withdrew on 02/15/22, percentage student earned = 26.16% (28 days completed/107 days in the enrollment period)
      • Initial tuition charges - $22,275 remain unchanged. Half-merit (50%) remains unchanged.
      • All other institutional aid, including Cooper non-tuition scholarships, financial aid grant, and innovator will be based on the above percentage earned formula. 
      • All emergency funds are not included in calculation.

      4.     All emergency funds will remain unchanged.
       

    • Students who receive federal Title IV financial aid are required to return the portion of unearned federal aid if they withdraw from school, do not register, or otherwise fail to complete the period of enrollment for which the Title IV aid was provided as in the case of Leave of Absence.
      • Title IV funds include
        • Federal Stafford
        • Pell
        • SEOG
        • PLUS Loans
    • The return of funds does not apply to any student whose date of withdrawal is beyond the 60 percent enrollment period for which the student has been charged. The date of withdrawal establishes the last date of attendance. The date of withdrawal is determined either by the date the student initiated their school’s withdrawal process, or the last date of recorded attendance. Based on last date of attendance, Title IV funds are “pro-rated." 
       
    • Financial aid is returned to the program from which it was disbursed based on the percentage of unearned aid. A rough overview of how financial aid returns are calculated is provided. We encourage students to discuss the financial aid impact of any withdrawal or leave of absence with a financial aid counselor.
       
    • Pro-rating financial aid: How unearned financial aid is determined

    • For students who have withdrawn prior to completion of 60 percent of the term, a calculation will determine the unearned percentage of aid:

      • Percentage Earned Aid = (# calendar days completed) ÷ (# calendar days in the enrollment period) x 100
      • 100% – (% Earned Aid) = (% Unearned Aid)
      • (%Unearned Aid) x Amount of Aid disbursed = Amount to be returned.
    • Tuition Refund Schedule   

  • Financial Literacy

    • The 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 online resource providing comprehensive information about financial literacy. In order to obtain login and password information, please send an email to financialaid@cooper.edu along with your full name and program of study.
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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.