Undergraduate tuition and other costs
At Union College, you'll get a great educational experience. This is just the sticker price. But no one pays the sticker price because every student receives great scholarships! Learn more.
2020-2021 tuition and fees (undergraduate)
First semester tuition (12-17 credits)
Room rent (with roommate)
Union Market (campus dining minimum)
Per credit cost is $1,010 if enrolled for less than 12 or more than 17 credits.
Note: See below for potential additional expenses to consider.
Union College offers summer on-campus and online courses to enrolled students for half-price tuition—$505 per credit hour. This reduced price does not apply to occupational therapy assistant or international rescue and relief summer courses (see more about program-specific costs below).
A high-quality occupational therapy assistant degree may be more affordable than you think.
Occupational therapy assistant program costs
If you are taking the full two-year associations degree at Union college, you can expect tuition and residential costs as listed above for undergraduate students.
The tuition for the OTA program is the same as other undergraduate programs. Here's what you can expect to pay for tuition to complete the OTA program.
Tuition costs for OTA program—2019-2020 and 2020-2021
Spring semester 1 (17 credits)
Summer semester (14 credits)
Fall semester (17 credits)
Spring semester 2 (14 credits)
Don't let our sticker price scare you. Every Union student receives a scholarship! Learn more about our excellent scholarship program.
A non-refundable fee of $200 is required once admission to the program has been granted. This fee holds your program seat and is credited to your program fee at the start of the first semester of OTAC classes. (Note: this cost may vary year to year depending on OTA specific program fee changes.)
If you plan to live on campus, you'll be subject to the general fee, room rent and Union Market costs listed in the undergraduate costs section.
Check to see if your program has any additional fees.
Additional program feesSeveral of our programs also require additional fees charged either on a one-time or semester basis.
$400 one-time application fee
$800 per clinical course
Occupational therapy assistant
$200 one-time application fee
International rescue and relief
$380 per semester (excluding travel)
International rescue and relief summer training
$6,035 (tuition plus program fee)
International rescue and relief semester abroad
$6,100 (travel, food and lodging)
Physician assistant studies
$1,000 per semester
Don't forget about books and other supplies.
Potential additional costs or expenses
Books and supplies: Most students spend around $800 per year for textbooks and supplies. Some classes require additional supplies—like art, music, nursing, engineering and physical education—that are not included in this estimate.
Music lessons: Union College makes a wide variety of music lessons available outside of your regular classes. If you're musically inclined, the cost is $350 per semester for 13 half-hour lessons.
Health insurance: All full-time students (12 credits or more) are required to have health insurance We recommend every student stays on their parents' insurance plan, however that is not a possibility for some students. You'll need to provide proof of insurance at registration, or you can purchase plans through Union College for about $1,656 per year.
Union Market—have your cake and eat it too.
Union Market, Union College's dining hall, offers a wide variety of options sure to please any palette.
The average Union student spends around $3,500 per year for food at Union Market, but all students living in the residence halls are required to spend at least $3,050.
Here are the options:
Economy (required minimum)
$3,050 per year
$3,450 per year
$3,850 per year
Note: These plans give you a 40% discount off of listed retail prices. $500 of the above listed amount is a Union Market service fee. The rest is available as a declining balance throughout the year. If you purchase an Intermediate or Deluxe plan and don't use the whole amount, the difference will be refunded.
Other meal plan options
Residence Hall 22 Plus Plan—This is an optional plan for students in the residence hall who are 22 or older and provides a 20% discount off retail prices. Students can use put down $250 or more towards meal purchases and the first $250 will not be refunded if it goes unused (the $500 service fee is waved).
Village $250 Plan—This is an optional plan for students who do not live in the residence hall and provides a 20% discount off retail prices. It works the same as the Residence Hall 22 Plus Plan.
At Union, you get a lot of little perks you might not find at every other school.
Here are some of the perks you get at Union at no additional cost:
- Up to 17 credits for the same price (most colleges allow 12-16 credits).
- Free parking
- Membership in 1-3 campus clubs
- Counseling services to students
- Tutoring and life coaching through the Teaching Learning Center
- While most colleges require the entire cost of a semester up front, Union offers parents and students a 10-month interest-free payment option. After loans, grants and scholarship are applied, the remainder of the cost is divided into 10 monthly payments. There is no monthly fee as long as the account is up-to-date.
The fine print
Union College reserves the right to make changes to any provision or requirement at any time with particular reference to admission, registration, tuition and fees, financial aid and scholarship programs.