Tuition & Payment Information
Dear UI&U students,
It is customary at this time of year to connect with you regarding the university’s tuition and fees schedule for the upcoming academic year – July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. All of us have all been working through the various challenges in this tough economy and as always, our trustees, staff, and administration worked hard in recent months to find ways to avoid substantial increases in tuition. For fiscal year 2012-2013, the trustees voted to approve an increase of two (2) percent for our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs.
Each year, our provost, deans, enrollment managers, and financial administrators examine options and prepare the budget, always seeking ways to avoid any increase in tuition and fees. We are all very aware of the pressures our students are under, as well as the sacrifices they, along with their families, are making to pursue and complete their education. Our staff, administrators, and trustees look at a variety of factors, including the increasing costs of energy, insurance, information technology, library materials, etc. These factors are all considered before making the decision that impacts our students.
Tuition and fees 2012-2013
UI&U Tuition Increases Below National Average
Once again, this year UI&U's increase is well below national averages. While we are very aware that increases of any size are not welcome, the 2012-2013 increase of two percent is substantially lower than most colleges and universities, whose average increase typically falls between 3.2 percent and 8.7 percent, according to the College Board. In fact, over the last several years, Union’s increases have been lower than average. According to the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid, the College Board states, "On average, tuition tends to increase about 8 percent per year." With this data, we are pleased that we are able to manage our budget and continue to improve service with such small increases.
Scholarships + Service
As we have been reporting, we are also striving to increase scholarship dollars and find ways to assist students and their families. We are very proud that Union contributes more than $ 1.9 million each year to institutional scholarships across all programs. Currently we offer scholarships to military personnel and their dependents who wish to return to school. We provide reduced tuition to those coming from community colleges with which Union has articulation agreements. We offer scholarships such as Women in Union, available for Cincinnati and Vermont-based female, heads-of-household. We continue to partner with law enforcement, and local chambers of commerce to provide tuition offsets. And, we have a number of named scholarships across our programs that support students with awards for merit and/or need. While we have a number of opportunities available, one of our goals in the short-term is to increase scholarship dollars and we are working with our trustees, our International Alumni Board, as well as local foundations and corporations to fund new and existing scholarships.
Even with the small tuition increases over the years, we continually allocate resources to improve how students interact and communicate with their faculty and service offices. In an effort to improve academic quality and student services, the university continues to expand library databases, enhance the Writing Center and its ability to reach and assist more students online whenever they need assistance, and improve access to student accounts and academic records. You may have also noticed that we have also greatly increased the availability of online courses and options, all reducing costs without sacrificing quality.
If you have questions, please contact your program dean or director. As always, I thank you for your involvement in the life of this university.
Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D.
All tuition and fees payments must be submitted in the exact amount. Do not mail cash.
We strongly recommend paying all tuition and fees with a credit card, but a check or money order payable to Union Institute & University is also acceptable. When a check is drawn on the account of a person other than the applicant, the name of the applicant must be entered onto the face of the check. If the application is submitted from outside the United States, remittance may be made by a bank international money order or foreign draft that is payable in United States currency, drawn on a financial institution located in the United States and made payable to Union Institute & University.
All personal checks and money orders must be drawn on a bank or other institution located in the United States and be payable in United States currency. Personal checks are accepted subject to collection. An uncollected check will render the application and any document issued pursuant thereto invalid. A charge of $25.00 will be imposed if a check in payment of tuition or fees is not honored by the financial institution on which it is drawn.
If you wish to wire funds from your bank directly into Union Institute & University’s bank, please contact the Business Office at 800.861.6400, ext 1095, for detailed instructions.
Union Institute & University accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and DISCOVER. A copy of Union Institute & University's credit card authorization form must be completed in order to pay by credit card.
Cards may be processed once per term for the whole amount of tuition or in monthly installments when the deferred payment option has been selected. If a credit card is rejected, the student will be contacted immediately to resolve the problem. The student is responsible for providing accurate information on the authorization form.
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