Cooper Union Might Start Charging Tuition

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NEW YORK - APRIL 05:  The new Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art academic building is seen in Manhattan's Cooper Square April 5, 2010 in New York City. The modern glass and steel building with concave facade was designed by architect Thom Mayne of the Los Angeles-based Morphosis and is heralded as one of Manhattan's newest architectural marvels.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 05: The new Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art academic building is seen in Manhattan's Cooper Square April 5, 2010 in New York City. The modern glass and steel building with concave facade was designed by architect Thom Mayne of the Los Angeles-based Morphosis and is heralded as one of Manhattan's newest architectural marvels. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) Photo: Mario Tama/2010 Getty Images

The very selective Cooper Union, which was founded on the idea that a free college education should be available to working stiffs, may now begin charging tuition fees to undergrads. It's unclear what the pricing structure would be, but according to the school's new president, "We have to find new, robust revenue streams, and we have to do that quickly." So, a bake sale probably won't work? [NYT]