Union’s New Financial Aid Plan Tailored to Thousands in Southeast Kentucky

Published on
November 22, 2019


More affordable and less debt, those aren’t usually associated together when talking about higher education but Union intends to make it happen through Union Distinction.

On Friday, the college revealed a new financial aid plan which includes more financial assistance for residents in 19 counties that they are calling Promise Plus.

“We know that the rising cost of a college education is a major concern for families,” said Dr. Dave Meredith, Interim Vice President of Enrollment.

“This part of the broader Union Distinction initiative will help make a Union degree more attainable for families in southeast Kentucky by providing predictability in tuition rates, rewarding academic excellence through merit scholarships and reducing the amount of loans most students need to earn their Union degree,” adds Meredith.

The Union Distinction initiative ensures that a Union College degree is financially attainable through 5 pillars:

  • Tuition Lock- 4 years,1 price; that is our promise to you. We will lock your tuition for 8 semesters so that you can know exactly what you are going to pay to obtain your college degree.
  • Merit Scholarships-  Incoming students who earned at least a 24 on the ACT with an above 2.0 high school GPA will be eligible for an Academic Merit Scholarship ranging from $15,000 up to the full cost of tuition.
  • Additional Merit Scholarships are available for outstanding talent and commitment in Choir, Band, Drama and Community Service.
  • Financial Assistance & Less Debt-  Southeast Kentucky's neediest students in the Promise Plus counties will receive financial assistance without going in to a huge debt. Students will have their loans capped at levels ensuring that when they graduate from Union, their debt will be among the lowest of all colleges in Kentucky; public or private.     
  • Loan Repayment Assistance- Finally, because we believe a Union degree will prepare graduates for the career of their choice, select students will be eligible for a program to provide loan repayment assistance if they struggle to find a job immediately after graduation. 


"Our distinguished faculty and staff are dedicated to providing a personal, high quality educational experience for our students. We are continually focused on ways to make a Union education more affordable, particularly for students in southeastern Kentucky," said Dr. Marcia Hawkins, Union College President. 

For more information on what Union Distinction means for you, visit www.unionky.edu/distinction.