Dear Union Students:


I am pleased to announce that there will be no tuition increase for any bachelors, masters, or doctoral program offerings for the 2019-2020 academic year, starting July 1, 2019.


Tuition and fees for each program can be found at this link.


Working closely with staff, administration, and Union’s Board of Trustees, this decision comes after minimal increases in the past several years. Listening to you, our students, and taking into account the sacrifices made by you and your families to earn your degree, we pledged to find ways to continue to operate our university without increasing the burden for our students. I am happy to report that we were successful.


Union has typically experienced very small increases in tuition over the last decade and works hard to find ways to help our students on their academic journey. Our transfer-friendly programs allow for 90 credits toward the bachelor’s degree. Even our graduate programs allow for transfer of up to nine credit hours, reducing the number of classes you are taking toward your degree and reducing your time in school

Union’s flexible schedule, online delivery, and brief residencies also contribute to lower costs for the student. In fact, Union Institute & University was recently ranked second in Washington Monthly’s “Best Bang for the Buck” survey that annually provides a list of schools that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.  The survey rates schools on three equally weighted criteria: social mobility, research, and public service. High marks go colleges that enroll strong numbers of low-income students and help them graduate and earn a good living without too much debt. Factors include the number of undergraduates who go on to earn Ph.Ds. Extra weight is given to colleges that send their graduates out into the world to serve the community at large. We are proud to be given this accolade in service to our students and our commitment to social justice.


For many years, UI&U's increases have been below national averages. Most colleges and universities experienced tuition increases at an average rate of between 1.3 and 4.2 percent beyond inflation. A more in-depth comparison may be viewed at CollegeBoard Average Rates of Growth of Published Changes by Decade report,”


In addition, Union offers dozens of scholarships and also contributes more than 10 percent of its budget each year to institutional scholarships across all programs. These scholarships impact hundreds of students each year, reducing tuition charges by more than $100 per credit hour in a number of programs, including:

  • Students from community colleges across the nation (Union has more than 20 new articulation agreements)
  • Military personnel and their dependents
  • Law enforcement officers and first responders
  • Local chambers of commerce in Ohio, California, and Florida

As in past years, we continue to upgrade our library, our technology, and keep your data secure. Many factors impact the cost of attending Union, and we are all working to better serve you without increasing the cost. With careful stewardship of our limited resources, we constantly seek ways to curb spending and focus on our mission to serve our students.

Thank you for selecting Union Institute & University to accomplish your academic goals. Let us know how we can better serve you, and trust that you are, in the words of our mission, "engaged, enlightened, and empowered to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility."


If you have questions, please contact your center executive director, program director, or program advisor.


With warmest regards,

Karen Schuster Webb, Ph.D.