Admissions Office

Costs & Financial Aid

  • More than $45 million in Union College scholarships and grants are awarded each year
  • More than 60% of all Union students receive financial assistance from the College
  • The average need-based scholarship is $35,000
  • The average merit award is $10,000
  • Tuition, room and board, and student fees are $66,609 (2017-18)
  • Union meets the full demonstrated need of every student
  • Union is a need-aware institution

The FAFSA and CSS Profile are required in order to be considered for need-based aid.

First-year applicants are automatically considered for merit awards. Scholarships include:

Henle Scholarship

David L. Henle ’75 established the Henle Scholarship for Union College to recognize and support student scholars who demonstrate a unique combination of outstanding talents and accomplishments, academic excellence, and the promise of exceptional contribution and commitment to the College community. The Henle Scholarship is awarded to incoming first-year students for four years of full-time undergraduate study. Examples of successful Henle applicants: a student who was described as "the epitome of a global citizen" for work with Tibetan immigrant families, and who traveled to Tibet to do a home stay and meet the Dalai Lama; a student who, in high school, pursued a senior project on hydroponic gardening, creating a full-scale produce section despite setbacks and sparking the student's interest in sustainability and alternative ways to grow food.

W. Howard Wright Scholarship

The W. Howard Wright Scholarship provides a $20,000 annual gift to support outstanding full-time undergraduate students majoring in Mechanical Engineering in recognition of scholastic achievement.

Presidential Scholarship

The Presidential Scholarship is a Union College merit-based scholarship in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievements. Presidential Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement as measured by the rigor of an applicant’s high school curriculum, grades and class rank, and standardized test scores (if submitted). Union’s merit scholarships range from $10,000 to $20,000 per year with larger awards going to the strongest students.