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 $2,106 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 Senior/22 Plus Plan—This is an optional plan for students in the residence hall who have senior standing or 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 Senior/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.