Financial aid

You can afford a Union College education

College is a big investment with big benefits that can impact the rest of your life. Figuring out how to pay for college may seem daunting, but it's really a matter of subtraction. Here's how it works.

Want to calculate your own costs? Check out the Union net price calculator!

A Union education can be for everyone

Union students come from a wide variety of economic backgrounds. That means there are a number of students at Union from families very similar to yours.

NEW: Learn more about the Bridge to Union Scholarship—a plan that will cover the tuition costs for students from most families with an income of less than $60,000.

Family income of Union College students who filed FAFSA (2019-20)

Graph: family income breakdown

Under $39,999 (43%)

$40,000-$79,999 (23%)

$80,000-$119,999 (19%)

$120,000-$159,999 (6%)

More than $160,000 (9%)

The Union College advantage

We believe you'll find Union College to be a great experience and the best possible preparation to follow your calling in life. Here's why:

  • We will help you get intentional about finding your calling and becoming the person God created you to be.
  • You'll enjoy a close community where it is easy to make friends and your professors know you by name.
  • You'll experience top quality academics evidenced by 100 percent first-time board pass rates for our nursing and PA programs.
  • You'll be immersed in more than 40 student-led weekly ministry and worship activities so you're sure to find something that fits your spiritual journey.

We're so sure you'll love your experience and find a great career, we guarantee it. Learn more

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"America's Best Colleges"

Ranked in the top tier for midwest regional colleges for the 13th year in a row.

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"Best Nationwide Colleges for Your Money"

Ranked in the top 25% best colleges for the money by

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"Best Value Schools"

Ranked in the top tier for Midwest Regional colleges.

Photo: Joe Hofmann

"When I look at how much I've spent to attend Union College, I feel guilty. I know the friendships I've made, the lessons I've learned—my experiences here are worth a lot more than the tuition I've paid. I think I got a great deal."

Joe Hofmann, 2016 graduate

How much does Union College cost?

1. Start with the sticker price

It's okay—no one pays the sticker price because almost all Union College students receive financial aid.

Union College sticker price for 2021-2022 (see our full cost breakdown)

Annual total: $33,270

Tuition: $24,960

Room, board and fees: $8,310

According to data from U.S. News, Union College is ...

less expensive

Compared to the average cost of Adventist colleges and universities in the United States.

less expensive

Compared to the average cost of private colleges and universities in Nebraska.

less expensive

Compared to the average cost of private colleges and universities nationwide.

2. Subtract your financial aid, scholarships and earnings

Board of Trustees Scholarship: Free tuition!

This scholarship is available to any incoming first-year who has at least a 3.9 GPA and 33 ACT (1500 SAT) score.

Academic achievement scholarships: Up to $11,000 per year

These scholarships are based on your high school grades and ACT or SAT test scores and are renewable every year for four years. Only first-year students are eligible.

Transfer student scholarships (click here to check them out)

NEW: Nursing transfer scholarships (click here to check them out)

Personalized scholarships: Up to $1,500 per year

You'll receive scholarships for your high school leadership roles, how you are involved at Union and more.

High school leadership (click to read more)

Union College involvement

Other cool scholarships

Work scholarship: Up to $4,000 per year

Union offers yearly scholarships for a variety of work experiences.

Summer camp

Literature evangelism

International volunteer

Financial need scholarship: Up to $2,000 per school year

You'll receive additional scholarship based on your estimated family contribution (EFC) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Be sure to fill out the FAFSA at each year to maximize your financial aid.

NEW: Bridge to Union Scholarship

This great new scholarship will cover all tuition costs not covered by the federal and state financial aid package if you are eligible to receive the Pell Grant and your family's annual income is $60,000 or less. Learn more!

On-campus student employment: Up to $4,000 per school year

Get a job on campus and earn $9 per hour to help pay for your education. We also offer summer jobs on campus that include substantial bonus opportunities.

Federal student grants and loans: Up to $7,500 per year

These include grants and loans from the government.  And you don't have to start paying back the loans until you're done with school. Learn more about grants and loans here.

The bottom line:

A Union College education is a lot more affordable than you might imagine.

Use our net price calculator to get an estimate of what your scholarships and costs will be.

More questions? Check out financial frequently asked questions page.

Or start working your way through the financial checklist to get started.