Support The Way Forward for Cooper Union (Hint: It's not tuition)
  • Petitioned Jamshed Bharucha

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Cooper Union President
Jamshed Bharucha
Board of Trustees Chairman, Cooper Union
Mark Epstein

Support The Way Forward for Cooper Union (Hint: It's not tuition)

    1. Friends of Cooper Union (FOCU)
    2. Petition by

      Friends of Cooper Union (FOCU)

      New York, NY

Friends of Cooper Union 

Last October, newly appointed Cooper Union President Jamshed Bharucha announced that his administration was considering charging tuition for the first time in the main programs. Faculty, alumni, students, staff and friends signed this petition and organized community summits, public brainstorming sessions and walkouts to call on President Bharucha to make saving Cooper Union without tuition his #1 priority.

Last April, Friends of Cooper Union published The Way Forward, a document compiling six months of work from the community thinking through alternative solutions to keeping the institution solvent while preserving the all scholarship. Nearly 1,000 community members signed a separate petition in support of this plan.

Because of our action, President Bharucha promised us that tuition would be a "last resort." Yet in the interim the President has not taken action consistent with this promise. He has failed to seriously address the skyrocketing expenses responsible for the deficit scenario, and has instead focused on "reinventing" Cooper Union with a high-risk, high-cost plan to create tuition-based graduate programs - despite the community's objections that it is impossible to "grow" your way out of a crisis.

Tell Cooper Union's President that there are better solutions. Share this petition, and visit to review our ten-point plan. If you support it, address a message to the Trustees expressing your support and send it to We will pass your message of support along to the Trustees.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Karen Sandler BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Cooper Union stands for something special and unique that cannot be preserved while charging tuition.

      • over 1 year ago

      I went to Cooper in 1991. I'm from Paris. All Public schools should be without tuition, not only Cooper Union. It's mostly the case in France,...for the moment.

    • Janine Bostock SEATTLE, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      I believe that Peter Coopers mission was clear - he was promoting radical social evolution with his concept for Cooper Union. It is essential to maintain his mission and the integrity of the institution by keeping tuition free. Even in 1987 when I attended cooper Union there was a lack of student engagement in how the school is run. Peter Cooper invisioned a student run institution. Cooper Union must create a board of directors that has student and alumin voting power and controll over the institution and its direction. Return to the values on which Cooper Union was founded.

    • Matthew Foster HOUSTON, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      The Board and administration must demonstrate financial transparency and accountability, and full tuition scholarships for all admitted students on the basis of merit alone must be the goal.

    • Nicole Carty BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      Education is a right


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