Tuition & Fees

2021 – 2022 Academic Year

  • Undergraduate Tuition

    • The cost of tuition at The Cooper Union for the 2021 – 2022 academic year is $44,550. Each admitted student receives a half-tuition scholarship valued at $22,275 per year. 

    • The part-time tuition per credit is $1,310 for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. Part-time students will not receive any institutional aid including half-merit scholarships, tuition assistance, institutional grants, the Innovator Scholarship, and other scholarships. 

  • Graduate Tuition

    • School of Architecture 2021 – 2022: The Master of Science in Architecture program is a three-semester program. All admitted students will be assessed tuition at the rate of $24,350 per semester.

    • School of Engineering 2021 – 2022: Students in the Master of Engineering program are charged $1,432 per credit; 30 credits total.

    • Please feel free to make a virtual office appointment with us should you need further assistance related to billings, payments, and account holds assistance.

  • Fees

    • Please be advised that all fees are subject to change without prior notice.

    • A mandatory student registration fee of $1,135 per semester will be charged to each student’s account for the 2021 – 2022 academic year. This fee is payable on acceptance of admission or registration and is nonrefundable.  

  • Health Insurance Fees

    • Please review The Cooper Union health insurance policy requirements here

  • Withdrawal Refund Schedule

    Fall 2021

    • 100% Tuition Refund: Monday, August 30 - Tuesday, September 7

    • 50% Tuition Refund: Wednesday, September 8 - Wednesday, September 15

    • 25% Tuition Refund: Thursday, September 16 - Thursday, September 23

    • 0% Tuition Refund: Any time after September 23 

    • Be advised that the student registration fee of $1,135 is non-refundable after September 7 and is not subject to the partial refund policy.

    Spring 2022

    • 100% Tuition Refund: Monday, January 18 - Tuesday, January 25

    • 50% Tuition Refund: Wednesday, January 26 - Wednesday, February 2

    • 25% Tuition Refund: Thursday, February 3 - Thursday, February 10

    • 0% Tuition Refund: Any time after February 10 

    • Be advised that the student registration fee of $1,135 is nonrefundable after January 25 and is not subject to the partial refund policy.

    Refund via Direct Deposit: All student financial aid or student account refunds can only be processed through direct deposit. Click here for detailed direct deposit sign-up instructions.

  • Student Residence Fees

    • Students electing to live in Student Residence will be responsible for paying the regular housing fees. The fees for the 2021 – 2022 academic year are $13,812 for a double (two students per bedroom) and $15,048 for a single (one student per bedroom). The fees cover residence for the fall and spring semesters and may be paid in two parts.

  • International Student Fee

    • International students (those who are not citizens or who are not permanent residents) are responsible for an additional nonrefundable fee of $1,005 per semester.

  • Graduation Fee

    • A graduation fee of $250 is required of all students entering their first semester of their undergraduate/graduate senior year at The Cooper Union. This fee is payable upon registration for the senior year and is refundable if a student fails to meet graduation requirements that year.

  • Special Fees

    • A $100 late fee will be charged for past due payment.

    • A $25 will be charged per occasion involving a change of section or registration program. 

    • A fee of $100 shall be incurred for late registration.

    • A $50 fee will be charged for returned payment, cancelled checks, and insufficient funds.

    • The Cooper Union reserves the right to change its fees without prior notice. 

  • Graduate Student Maintenance of Matriculation Fee

    • Master’s students who extend their studies beyond the expected program length, five years or four semesters after declaring the thesis track, will be assessed a maintenance of matriculation fee of $3,000 per semester. Students must be granted an extension of matriculation and fill out the appropriate form, available on the Engineering School website forms page, to continue in the program past the expected program length.

  • Summer 2022 - TBA

  • 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.