Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Finance and Financial Aid FAQs

We will continue to update this list of FAQs. If you have a specific question that is not answered here you can contact an office directly or email us planning20-21@union.edu.

  • Will on-campus work study jobs be available this term?

    Yes, we are planning to have our work-study program fully operational for the 2020/21 academic year. We hope to have sufficient positions, both in-person and remote, available for students who qualify for and want to participate in the program. Students can access and apply for all available positions through Handshake.

  • I do not plan to return to campus and will choose one of the remote options. Can I still apply for work-study and work remotely?

    Yes, many departments on campus will provide the opportunity for students to work remotely. If you are interested in a specific department, you should contact the supervisor listed on Handshake to see if they are able to accommodate working remotely.

  • I do not plan to return to campus for the term and I have applied and/or been hired for a position that does not offer remote employment. Should I apply for other jobs on Handshake?

    Yes. If the department that you have worked for in the past or have applied to does not offer remote employment, you should apply for a position available in another hiring department. We anticipate that you will be able to return to your prior employer once everyone is back on campus and restrictions have been lifted.

  • What if I’m unable to secure the position that I want? Can I still get paid?

    No, in order to be paid from the work-study program you must be employed by a department for the winter term.

  • How will work-study be structured to comply with rules regarding social distancing?

    Department supervisors will work with students to ensure that social distancing is followed. This may mean allowing students to work remotely, if possible. Supervisors will be required to limit the number of students working in the office at the same time to ensure that social distancing is possible and maintain safety for the campus.

  • I am an international student who will not be returning to campus for the term. Will I still be able to work, even with the time difference?

    If you have already secured a position that allows for working remotely, you should follow up with your supervisor regarding these concerns. In many cases the work being done may not be tied to normal business hours. However, if that’s not the case, you will want to find a department that allows for work to be done during your daytime schedule.

  • How will my financial aid eligibility be affected if I choose an online option versus a residential term?

    Eligibility for need based aid is directly related to whether a student chooses to be on campus, is released to be off campus, is a commuter, or is participating entirely away from campus. Financial need is determined by starting with the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board and books/supplies) and subtracting the expected family contribution (as determined by the FAFSA and CSS Profile applications). While the expected family contribution stays the same regardless of which option you choose, the cost of attendance (COA) differs between options. If the cost of attendance is lowered (i.e. reduction/removal of room and board), eligibility for need-based aid is reduced accordingly.

    For students choosing a residential term, living on campus, room and board charges are part of the COA ($4,886 per term). For students choosing a residential term, but are released for off campus living, the room and board allowance included in the cost of attendance is $3,919 which includes $200 of declining balance each term. For students choosing a residential term, but are designated as a commuter, or away from campus altogether (online, Minerva, Experiential) the cost of attendance does not include a room allowance but does include a board allowance in the amount of $1,369 per term.

    Below is an example of how financial need is calculated for each of the various options available to students. We have also provided what the balance due will be for the term based upon actual billable charges. The balance due provided assumes acceptance of the financial aid offered.

    Description On Campus Term Release for Off-Campus Housing Term Commuter & Away from Campus Term
    Cost of Attendance $25,330 $24,388 $21,838
    Expected Family Contribution per the CSS Profile/FAFSA $5,000 $5,000 $5,000
    Financial Aid Eligibility $20,330 $19,388 $16,838
    Actual Term Billable Charges $24,695 $20,034 $19,834
    Amount due from family (Billable charges minus financial aid) $4,365 $646 $2,996