Tuition at Union College

  • 2022-2023 Costs

  • 2023-2024 Costs

Undergraduate tuition and costs

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.

2022-2023 tuition and fees (undergraduate)



First semester tuition (12-17 credits)



General fee



Room rent (with roommate)



Union Market (campus dining minimum)



Books (estimate)



Supplies (bookstore estimate)






Per credit cost is $1,080 if enrolled for less than 12 or more than 17 credits.

Note: See below for potential additional expenses to consider.

Click here to see our graduate tuition and fees.

Summer tuition

Union College offers summer on-campus and online courses to enrolled students for half-price tuition—$540 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).

Remember, this is just the sticker price. Nobody pays this much because nearly all Union College students receive financial aid. Learn more about financial aid.

Graduate (PA) tuition and costs

Graduate costs for 2022/23

Here are the tuition costs for Union's physician assistant graduate program. Please note some costs, such as health insurance and books, can only be estimated and may vary due to circumstances out of our control.


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Year 2


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Program fee




Health Insurance








Medical Equipment








* All information in this column is an estimate based on average increase from past years.
** This amount estimated based on average increase from past years.

The cost per graduate credit is $1,204.

Note: the general fee supports Union campus infrastructure that is necessary for learning and enrichment of all students. 

The program fee helps support the ancillary functions of the PA program including but not limited to: housing for remote clinical locations, patient simulations, software management fees, testing fees, guest lecture remuneration, offsite instruction, and association membership for students.

Tuition typically increases 2-4% annually.

OTA two-year costs

Costs for the two-year occupational therapy assistant program

If you are taking the full two-year associates 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 for OTA program—2022-2023







Other costs

Textbooks and other learning materials


Program Fees (FW and simulation fees)




Total other costs



Don't let our sticker price scare you. Almost all Union students receive a scholarship! Learn more about our excellent scholarship program.

Program deposit

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 student account 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.)

Residential costs

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.

Program-specific fees

Additional program fees

Several 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 

$150 per semester fee

International rescue and relief

$425 per semester (excluding travel)

International rescue and relief summer training

$7,615 (tuition plus program fee)

International rescue and relief semester abroad

$6,300 (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 to all students that they stay 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 $1,808 per year. 

Union Market—have your cake and eat it too.

Union Market

Union Market, Union College's dining hall, offers a wide variety of options sure to please any palette.

Note: All dorm residents are required to purchase at minimum the Economy Union Market meal plan — except those who are in the dorm incentive plan (for those 22 and older).

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 $3,250 (2022-2023 and 2023-2024).

Here are the options:

Economy (required minimum)

$3,250 per year


$3,650 per year


$4,050 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.

Extra benefits

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.