New York City college will end tuition-free policy

April 24, 2013
Cooper Union will begin having some students pay tuition in 2014.

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, which is one of the last tuition-free colleges in the nation but has been under severe financial strain, will begin charging undergraduates for the first time in more than a century. The New York Times reports that beginning in fall 2014, the New York City college will have students pay tuition based on a sliding scale; those with the greatest means will pay about $20,000 a year; many others, including those with the greatest needs, would pay nothing. The change will not apply to undergraduates enrolled as of this fall.

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