Financial Aid

Financial Aid

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Investing in a college education can be a challenge and we want you to know Unity College is committed to making attendance a reality. Typical assumptions include thinking your income level is too high to qualify for assistance, or a private college costs too much. Many sources of financial aid are available, and many students and families qualify, if they apply. In fact, nearly 90 percent of Unity students receive some sort of financial assistance.

We offer several types of aid including college-funded grants, endowed scholarships and participation in a wide variety of federal aid programs. Recognizing the continued challenge families face, Unity has doubled the merit scholarship amounts over the past two years. Starting with entering Fall 2014 students, the new levels of academic scholarships are as follows: 

  • Trustee's Scholarship of $48,000 ($12,000/yr)
  • Transfer-Trustee Scholarship of $40,000 ($10,000/yr)
  • President's Scholarship of $40,000 ($10,000/yr)
  • Dean’s and Transfer scholarships of $32,000 ($8,000/yr)

Maine Students: Did you know a private college education at Unity is attainable and as affordable as attending a state university? Those students also eligible for one of the merit grants above would receive a total of either $12,000, $10,000 or $8,000 per year in grant funding from Unity, automatically covering between 33%-49% of tuition regardless of financial need (tuition for 2014/15 is $24,620 per year, additional fees and room/board costs not included).

Unity’s Educational Value

We have a clearly defined mission focused on sustainability. Our distinctive educational approach combines rigorous scholarship with experiential learning, including the process of integrating the humanities with the scientific disciplines to address environmental problems. By grounding sustainability science solidly within a liberal arts education, we produce the kind of graduates that employers in the new green economy are telling us they need. We graduate professionals who can think critically and communicate effectively—professionals who can bring together different kinds of knowledge and people to enact solutions.

You want a return on your educational investment and Unity College is working hard to ensure students get the most for every tuition dollar spent.  Here are a few things we are doing to help you towards achieving your professional goals:

  • Annually, Unity College hosts the largest environmental career fair in New England.
  • 72% of 2011 seniors participated in some form of practicum, internship, field experience, co-op, or clinical assignment (Source: National Survey of Student Engagement).
  • According to a senior survey, 70% of May 2012 graduates either had a job or graduate school plans one week prior to graduation. 

Given the outlook for sustainability careers, obtaining a related Bachelor’s degree is a great investment (link to the Bureau of Labor Statics report on this subject).

Unity’s Financial Aid Office

We are here to help answer your financial aid questions, and we encourage you to contact us at any time. For a review of your complete financial situation, please make an appointment. Our staff can help you with information about application procedures, eligibility for aid/need, award calculations, problem situations, and descriptions of various programs from federal, state, and college sources. Also, we may be able to help with special circumstances such as changes in income or other financial circumstances, as well as aid eligibility for less-than-full-time (less than 12 credits/semester) enrollment status. We’re here to help you discover the best options to fund your Unity College education.


Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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