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Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program (NUSTEP)

Students who are in their senior year of high school with an average of 80 percent or above, and who are academically prepared for college-level course work will be notified by the course instructor and/or guidance office of the opportunity to participate in the NUSTEP program. Academically ready juniors will also be considered.

You can take college classes for a fraction of the cost. Courses are $80 per credit hour with a $25 non-refundable registration fee per course and lab (most courses are three credit hours or $265)!*

Get taught by one of your high school teachers using our NU course syllabus and exams at your high school campus.

Online registration for Fall 2021 and Full Year courses will take place September 20 - October 7, 2021. Please note that NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED as the NUSTEP registration portal will close at the end of the work day (5pm) on Thursday, October 7, 2021.  Registration is not complete until the registration fee(s) and tuition are paid online with a credit/debit card (additional 2.85% transaction fee will be applied) or electronic check.


Registration fee(s) and tuition must be paid online within the Fall/Full Year Payment Period, which will take place Oct. 9 - Oct. 24, 2021. Instructions for payment will be sent to students who complete the registration. Payments can ONLY be made online using the student's PurplePass Account with a credit/debit card (additional 2.85% transaction fee will be applied) or electronic check, and must be made within the payment period listed above to complete the course registration. Students with outstanding payments after October 24, 2021 will be deregistered from the course(s). 

Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

Student's with families that meet USDA 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals and have documentation through their school's district office are eligible to receive free tuition. Please speak with your Guidance Counselor and provide proof of eligibility to qualify for free tuition. A list of eligible students from each school must be emailed to agruhalla(@) by Oct. 1, 2021 for fall and full-year courses. When registering, please choose the Free and Reduced option in the Payment section. The student must pay the non-refundable $25 registration fee per class and lab by Oct. 24, 2021. Proof of eligibility is due by Oct. 1, 2021.

Please note that all students in a district receiving a free lunch grant do not necessarily qualify for Free and Reduced lunch status through the USDA 2021-2022 Guidelines.  Please check with your guidance or principal's office for paperwork and requirements.


For more information, please contact Ashley Gruhalla, NUSTEP Coordinator, at 716-286-8185 or agruhalla(@)