Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund

The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund has been created to provide quick response emergency grants to matriculated students in good standing with short-term financial emergencies. The Fund seeks to assist students so that they may continue their education at The Cooper Union, rather than being forced to take a leave of absence or to withdraw from school.

Preference will be given to undergraduate students who have successfully completed 30 credits at Cooper Union. All grant requests require documentation, and applicants may be asked to meet with a designated member of the Response Team prior to receiving a grant.

Petrie Foundation Grant Award Guidelines:

Examples of emergencies to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Travel home for serious illness or death in the immediate family (e.g. parents or siblings)
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing
  • Imminent documented eviction
  • Documented theft of books and other essential academic or personal belongings
  • Required uninsured medical treatment or follow up medical care
  • An unanticipated loss of a job in mid-semester resulting in a lack of funds to meet necessary school expenses
  • Prescription eyeglasses or essential dental work
  • Unanticipated expenses related to a search for a permanent job or preparation of a graduate school application
  • Unexpected commutation costs because of injury or illness or other unforeseen circumstance
  • Victims of domestic violence

Petrie Foundation Grants will not be given for:

  • Student fees or tuition charges;
  • Previously owed debt;
  • Legal representation;
  • Replacement costs for items left unattended on Cooper Union premises
  • More than one emergency per year

Eligibility Requirements for the Petrie Emergency Grant:

Students who demonstrate need and face a current unexpected non-recurring emergency may apply for this grant. The applicant must:

  • have a record of good conduct;
  • be in good academic standing;
  • be matriculated at the Cooper Union with at least 12 credits.

How much can a student apply for?

The maximum cash award will normally be $1500. Documentation is required at the time of application.

Who reviews the application?

The application will be reviewed by the Dean of Students and possibly members of the Cooper Union response team, which includes members from Financial Aid, the Business Office, and the Office of Student Affairs. The student's academic school may also be consulted if necessary and appropriate.

If approved for the grant, when will I receive the funds?

If approved, grant funds take up to two weeks to be processed by the Cooper Union Business Office. When applying, please note that you may not receive funds for up to two weeks after grant approval.

Where to get an application?

Click here to complete the online application


The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Grant Fund is not a substitute for financial aid. Students who are seeking funding due to a chronic or recurring situation will be required to utilize all available financial aid resources before being awarded the Petrie Grant. Financial aid status will be verified prior to awarding the grant.

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