The Cooper Union Board of Trustees recently voted to end Cooper Union’s universal free scholarship program in 2014. The school’s small size and selective admissions process allowed the tuition-free program to endure for 150 years.
Students will continue to receive an automatic scholarship and financial aid and admissions will be “need-blind” according to the school.
The decision, which will only begin affecting freshmen entering Cooper Union in 2014, leaves a bitter taste for many who see the institution of higher learning merging with a more “business” mindset.
The board of trustees assured the public it had evaluated a number of other options, but remaining tuition-free is simply no longer a sustainable practice for the institution.
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