Cooper Union, one of the last free colleges in America, will begin charging undergrads


Cooper Union is one of the last schools in the US to offer a university education tuition-free, but that will change next year. On Tuesday, the board of trustees announced that beginning in the fall of 2014, the East Village, NYC school will begin charging students fees on a sliding scale, reports The New York Times. The decision ends a 100-year legacy established by industrialist Peter Cooper, who envisioned CU as a way to provide the benefits of a higher education to the working classes.

Many students will still pay nothing

According to the new plan, financial need still won’t factor into the admission process, but students that are found able to pay will be charged around $ 20,000. That’s roughly half of the $ 38,500 that the school…

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