The campus remains closed with all summer courses being conducted online and staff working remotely. Classes will resume on August 31, 2020 for the fall semester. For updates on campus operations, both virtual and in person, for the fall semester, please see the Fall 2020 Info Hub page.

Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund

All of the funds provided by The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund to help support students in need due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have been awarded. There are no more emergency funds available at this time. We continue to seek funds to support students during these times and as soon as we are able to make more funds available, we will notify the student body.

Students should connect with Financial Aid and Student Financial Services to explore options by emailing Charlie Xu at Charlie.Xu@cooper.edu. International students should also connect with Hala Alkasm at Hala.Alkasm@cooper.edu.

Please remember that we have student support resources available to students and you can review those here. There are also some general resources that be helpful during the COVID-19 pandemic and those can be found here.

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been created to provide quick response emergency grants to matriculated students in good standing with short-term financial emergencies. The Fund seeks to assist students so that they may continue their education at The Cooper Union, rather than being forced to take a leave of absence or to withdraw from school.

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Foundation has generously provided additional funds to help support students during the current pandemic facing the world.

Students needing financial support related to the pandemic should apply for available funds. Applications will be reviewed by the Dean of Students.

Petrie Foundation Grant Award Guidelines for Pandemic Emergency Funds

Examples of emergencies to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel home for serious illness or death in the immediate family (e.g. parents or siblings)
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing
  • Imminent documented eviction
  • Documented theft of books and other essential academic or personal belongings
  • Required uninsured medical treatment or follow up medical care
  • An unanticipated loss of a job in mid-semester resulting in a lack of funds to meet necessary school expenses
  • Prescription eyeglasses or essential dental work
  • Unanticipated expenses related to a search for a permanent job or preparation of a graduate school application
  • Unexpected commutation costs because of injury or illness or other unforeseen circumstance
  • Victims of domestic violence

Petrie Foundation Grants will not be given for:

  • Student fees or tuition charges;
  • Previously owed debt;
  • Legal representation;
  • Replacement costs for items left unattended on Cooper Union premises
  • More than one emergency per year

Eligibility Requirements for the Petrie Emergency Grant
Students who demonstrate need related to the current pandemic may apply for this grant. The applicant must:

  • have a record of good conduct;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be matriculated at the Cooper Union with at least 12 credits.

How much can a student apply for?

The maximum cash award will normally be $1500. Documentation is required at the time of application. Students with extreme circumstances requiring more than $1500 should email Dean Chamberlin at christopher.chamberlin@cooper.edu.

Who reviews the application?

The application will be reviewed by the Dean of Students. The student's academic school may also be consulted if necessary and appropriate.

If approved for the grant, when will I receive the funds?

If approved, grant funds may take up to two weeks to be processed by the Cooper Union Business Office. When applying, please note that you may not receive funds for up to two weeks after grant approval. We will make every effort to have the funds provided as quickly as possible. Students applying should see below to sign up for direct deposit to ensure the quickest possible release of the awarded funds.

Direct-Deposit Requirement During Remote-Work Period

While Cooper Union buildings are closed and staff is working remotely, all funds will be transmitted electronically. Any student who wishes to receive funds must enroll in direct deposit. Instructions for signing up for direct deposit can be found here.

Where to get an application?

Click here to complete the online application.

FINANCIAL AID STATEMENT

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund is not a substitute for financial aid. Students who are seeking funding due to a chronic or recurring situation will be required to utilize all available financial aid resources before being awarded the Petrie Grant. Financial aid status will be verified prior to awarding the grant.

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