Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Union County College tuition is $4,804 per year for in-district residents. This is 62% more expensive than the national average public two year in-district tuition of $2,965. The cost is 16% more expensive than the average New Jersey in-district tuition of $4,157 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 18th in New Jersey amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 3rd most expensive 2 year college in the state.

Housing Costs

Union County College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the Cranford area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $7,250.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,200.

Other Living Expenses

Off-campus students should budget for $2,000 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-district residents to go to Union County College is $15,254 for the 2017/2018 academic year. The total cost for in-state, but not in district residents is $20,058. Out-of-state students who don't possess New Jersey residence can expect a one year cost of $20,058. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing can expect a total cost of $12,808.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Union County College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Union County College
Estimated Budgets
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$15,254
   In-District Tuition$4,804
   Other Fees$0
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,000
   Books and Supplies$1,200
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,250
In-District Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)$8,004
   In-District Tuition$4,804
   Other Fees$0
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,000
   Books and Supplies$1,200
New Jersey Out of District Total Budget (Living Off Campus)$20,058
   In-State Tuition$9,608
   Other Fees$0
   Off-Campus Housing Estimate$7,250
   Off-Campus Other Budget$2,000
   Books and Supplies$1,200
New Jersey Out of District Total Budget (Living with Parents)$12,808
   In-State Tuition$9,608
   Other Fees$0
   Family Provided Room and Board$0
   With-Family Other Living Budget$2,000
   Books and Supplies$1,200


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $20,058 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Union County College net price for in-state students is $4,186* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of Union County College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $5,399. 64 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,510. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Union County College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Union County College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$4,186*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$5,399
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants64%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,510

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$3,756
$30,001 to $48,000$4,450
$48,001 to $75,000$6,845
$75,001 to $110,000$9,319

Average Financial Aid Mix - $20,058 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,058. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 30% - $5,399

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Union County College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 27% - $4,826

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 43% -  $7,833

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Union County College
Essex County College21% less expensive
Middlesex County College45% less expensive
Hudson County Community College15.7% less expensive
CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College50% less expensive
County College of Morris21.9% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Union County College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Union County College is $40,116 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $6,747 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $13,494**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Union County College.

New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,804
New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,029
Non-New Jersey Resident Tuition Per Semester$4,804
Non-New Jersey Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,029

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Union County College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Union County College
Price per credit hour for in district residents$191
Cost for one class for in district residents (3 credit hours)$573
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$382
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$1,146
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$1,528


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 12% of Union County College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,826.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Union County College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $13,494, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $16,742.96. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Union County College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $6,747. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Union County College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Union County College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$139.52
Amount Borrowed$13,494.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,248.96
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$16,742.96

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Union County College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Union County College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $16,742.96 would be needed to afford a $139.52 monthly payment in the example $13,494.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Union County College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $5,376 to $9,608. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 15.7%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $40,116.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Union County College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024$26,240$52,479
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029$33,489$66,978
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034 $42,742$85,483
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037 $49,479$98,958

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Union County College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree 328 10% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree 239 1% cheaper
Business/Commerce, General Associate's Degree 138 9% cheaper
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration Associate's Degree 63 5% cheaper
Mass Communication/Media Studies Associate's Degree 36 6% cheaper
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant Associate's Degree 25 0% costlier
Engineering, General Associate's Degree 22 7% costlier
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management Associate's Degree 13 11% cheaper
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer Associate's Degree 13 3% costlier
Human Services, General Associate's Degree 12 9% cheaper
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree 11 1% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree 10 8% costlier
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping Associate's Degree 10 3% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree 9 7% cheaper
Information Technology Associate's Degree 8 4% costlier
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other Associate's Degree 7 9% cheaper
Nuclear Medical Technology/Technologist Associate's Degree 7 3% costlier
Chemistry, General Associate's Degree 7 3% costlier
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician Associate's Degree 7 3% costlier
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 1% costlier
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 5 9% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Associate's Degree 5 0% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Associate's Degree 5 3% costlier
Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree 4 1% costlier
American Sign Language (ASL) Associate's Degree 3 6% cheaper
Sign Language Interpretation and Translation Associate's Degree 3 2% costlier
Mathematics, General Associate's Degree 2 4% costlier
Electromechanical Technology/Electromechanical Engineering Technology Associate's Degree 2 17% costlier
Gerontology Associate's Degree 1 1% cheaper
Computer Science Associate's Degree 1 3% cheaper
Fire Prevention and Safety Technology/Technician Associate's Degree 1 0% costlier


Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Union County College or model a student loan.

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About Union County College

Union County College is a two year community college located in Cranford, New Jersey.  Full time enrollment is 4,449 and part time is 5,736.  Union County College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Union County College
1033 Springfield Ave
Cranford, New Jersey

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Union County College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Union County College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=187198 IPEDS survey data.