Union Institute and University

Tuition & Payment Options

June 2015

Dear Union Institute & University community,

Each year, Union Institute & University’s Board of Trustees and administration convene to establish the tuition and fee structure for the upcoming fiscal year. The university’s tuition and fees schedule for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 is posted below via the links provided.

This year, Union has great news. There will be NO increases in tuition in any program. 

This zero percent increase comes after very minimal increases last year (two percent or less). For some programs, this means that tuition has remained static for two years running. This is almost unheard of in higher education today, but the staff, administration, and trustees understand that our hardworking students and their families may be struggling and pledged to find ways to continue to operate our university without increasing the burden for our students.

Program Costs 2015-2016 for all programs.

Tuition Increases Consistently Below National Average

Each year, our goal is to minimize increases in tuition and fees. Most years, the rising costs of energy, insurance, technology, library databases, and other factors impact the cost of attending Union. With careful stewardship of our limited resources, we constantly seeks ways  to curb spending and focus on the essential tasks of serving our students.

Obviously, this year, we are below the national average in tuition increases, but for many years, Union Institute & University’s increase has been below national averages. Most colleges and universities experienced tuition increases at an average rate of between 2.4 and 5.2 percent beyond inflation.

Scholarships + Service

Additionally, we continue to increase scholarship dollars and find ways to assist students and their families. We are very proud that Union contributes more than $2 million each year to institutional scholarships across all programs. This is nearly 10 percent of our annual budget, set aside to allow for reduced tuition and fees, including:

  • Military personnel and their dependents who wish to return to school
  • Students from community colleges with which Union has articulation agreements
  • Cincinnati-based female, heads-of-households
  • Law enforcement officers and local chambers of commerce

We also have a number of named scholarships across our programs that support students with awards for merit and/or need. Our constant goal is to increase the number of scholarships available, working with our trustees and local foundations and corporations to fund new and existing scholarships. This past year, we received two major grants to provide substantial scholarships in our graduate programs.

Union is the recent recipient of two $250,000 grants in memory of the parents of Union Ph.D. alumna and trustee, Dr. Ginny Wiltse: The Eugene P. Ruehlmann Public Service Fellowship Program, which comes as an award and tribute from Western & Southern Financial Group, and The Virginia Ruehlmann Women in Union Fellowship, awarded by the Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

The Virginia Ruehlmann grant will be awarded to graduate women as part of our growing Women in Union scholarship program that up to now has only funded undergraduate females. The Eugene P. Ruehlmann Public Service Fellowship, in honor of the former Mayor of Cincinnati, will be awarded to doctoral students and will assist individuals whose dissertations embody Mayor Ruehlmann’s dedication and commitment to community and social change.

Additionally, each year, we seek to 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 greatly increased the availability of online courses and options, all reducing costs without sacrificing quality.

This year we also created a new department, the Office of Student Success, designed to serve current students in a number of areas, including career services. This new office exemplifies our commitment to serve our students as they complete their degrees and move forward to transform lives and communities. Click here for more information: Student Success.

We are very pleased to pass along this great news about the zero percent tuition increase for 2014-2015, and thank you for choosing Union Institute & University. If you have questions, please contact your program dean or director.

Warm Regards,

Roger H. Sublett, Ph.D.