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Costs and Financial Aid

A Union College education is affordable.

We believe that a Union education is an attainable goal and a worthwhile investment for your future. Union has a longstanding commitment to admitting an economically diverse student body. We meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

More than 60 percent of Union students receive financial assistance. We understand that navigating the financial aid process can be overwhelming to families. We strive to keep the process as simple as possible. The steps to successfully completing the required applications can be found here.

If at any time you have questions, our financial aid staff is available to help you.

We encourage you to become as familiar as possible with the basic details pertaining to financial aid. The instructions and resources on this site will guide you through the procedures and help clarify types of financial aid, eligibility, forms and deadlines.

All candidates for aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service's (CSS) PROFILE form and submit online to the appropriate agencies by the financial aid application deadline (Feb. 1 for first-year applicants).

Financial aid at Union:

  • Our comprehensive financial aid program includes more than $60 million in aid from Union’s own resources and from federal, state, institutional and other agencies.
  • Over $40 million is awarded annually to Union students in the form of grants and scholarships. Grants and scholarships are outright awards and do not need to be repaid.
  • Students who demonstrate financial need are offered a financial aid package that generally consists of a grant, loan and work opportunity.
  • The average need-based scholarship is $32,000. Need-based aid is evaluated annually. If your family’s financial situation is similar from year to year, you can expect your aid to be renewed at a comparable level.
  • First-year applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to our top applicants each year based on academic credentials. They range from $4,000 to $16,000 and are renewed annually for four years.
  • There are a variety of ways to finance your education beyond financial aid. These include tuition payment plans, parent loans and student loans.

Get an estimate of your financial aid package.
Use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of your college costs at Union. Net price is defined as cost of attendance less the amount of grants and scholarships.

Tuition and Fees 2015-16
Union’s comprehensive fee, which includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees, is $62,274 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The estimated cost for books and personal expenses is approximately $2,000.

We’re here to help.
Remember that our Financial Aid Office is here to offer assistance with any and all questions you may have. Please feel free to call or email us. Our phone number is (518) 388-6123. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Your investment
Union consistently ranks in the top tier among schools that provide the biggest return on their investment. In 2014, Union was cited in the Top 20 in a Wall Street Journal ROI ranking. Union was also ranked #6 on the Forbes list of liberal arts colleges whose graduates earn the most.