No Tuition Increase for 2024/2025 Academic Year

January, 2024

I write to share important information regarding tuition charges for the upcoming 2024/2025 academic year.

For the sixth consecutive year, The Cooper Union’s Board of Trustees has approved that tuition will remain unchanged for all undergraduates. This decision is a testament to strong fiscal management and the generosity of those who contribute to The Cooper Union.

The commitment to maintaining tuition at its current level aligns with our enduring goal of not only making higher education affordable but also working towards reinstating Cooper’s legacy of being tuition-free for all undergraduates. While this goal is projected to be realized by 2028, we recognize that, as current Cooper students and families, your immediate experience and financial needs are of paramount importance. In addition to another 0% tuition increase, below are ways we are continuing our effort on affordability:

  • Every undergraduate will continue to receive a scholarship covering 50% of tuition.
  • Additional scholarship levels are provided based on demonstrated financial need, with over 45% of Cooper undergraduates receiving scholarships that cover 100% of tuition.
  • Our plan to return to full-tuition scholarships includes incremental increases leading up to 2028. For the 2024/25 academic year, the average amount of tuition covered by scholarships for undergraduates will increase to approximately 82%.
  • We will implement modest changes to housing and other fees, with increases being held at or near 3%.

We are pleased to share this news with you today, and we want to assure you that our commitment to accessibility and affordability remains unwavering for both the short and long terms.

We are glad that you are part of The Cooper Union.


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Mark Campbell
Vice President for Enrollment


  • 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.