New York City: Students protest Cooper Union’s plan to charge tuition

A student sit-in at the college president’s office began last week to protest last month’s decision by the Cooper Union Board of Trustees to put an end to the policy of free tuition for undergraduates that has existed at the New York City school for more than a century.
The decision was announced by Board of Trustees chairman Mark Epstein on April 23, and will take effect with the incoming freshman class in the school of architecture, art and engineering in the fall of 2014. It is the culmination of a two-year process in which the board examined the issue of ending the tradition of free education at the school, which has been closely associated with its record of excellence as well as opportunity for generations of young people.



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