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 (just $25 for registration per semester, and $75 per credit hour with most classes being three credit hours)!*
Get taught by one of your high school teachers at your high school campus!
COVID-19 NUSTEP Instructor Grading Protocol
Full Year 3-4 Credit Course (2019-2020):
If you are able to continue the course remotely for all or most of your students, please complete the course and submit final grades as you would normally do at the end of your school year (no refunds).
If some of your students are unable to continue the course remotely, calculate the grade they currently have and submit that as their final grade at the end of your school year (no refunds).
If you have covered 75% of the material in the course, and are able to assign a grade that reasonably reflects the students’ understanding of the material, calculate grades on what you have covered thus far and submit final grades at the end of your school year (no refunds). If instructors have any questions, they should consult with their NU faculty liaison.
Spring Only 3-4 Credit Course (2020):
If you are able to continue the course remotely for all or most of your students, please complete the course and submit final grades as you would normally do (no refunds).
If some of your students are unable to continue the course remotely, they have the option of (1) accepting a grade of “S” for the course (no refunds); or (2) dropping the course for a full refund, including the $25 registration fee*. NOTE: for students who continue into an undergraduate program at Niagara University, the “S” grade means they have credit for the course, but no grade. Other universities may not allow “S” graded courses to transfer at all.
*If the course is required for the student to graduate (or progress), and if instruction can continue remotely, the district may choose to cancel the NUSTEP affiliation for that course for a full refund, including the $25 registration fee, and continue the course for high school credit only.
If the course is required for the student to graduate (or progress) and if instruction cannot continue remotely, the NUSTEP coordinator will work with districts on a case-by-case basis to determine a course of action that is in the best interest of the student.
Niagara University reserves the right to amend this protocol as deemed necessary. Posted 03-28-20
Spring 2020 NUSTEP Payments
Payments Accepted for Registration and Tuition fees
Spring semester: Feb. 3 - March 30 (after March 2, payments by credit card will incur the 2.6% processing fee)
Payment for spring classes ends on March 30. Students can pay by check, made out to Niagara University and sent to Student Accounts, P.O. Box 2004, Niagara University, NY 14109.
Please note: courses will be dropped for non-payment on April 17, 2020. Students will not receive college credit.
*Student's with families that meet USDA 2019-2020 Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals and have documentation through their school's district office are eligible to receive a discount on tuition. Official USDA letter must be mailed to Financial Aid, PO Box 2010, Niagara University, NY 14109 by March 2 to receive this discount. All students must register and pay the $25 registration fee.
The Financial Aid Office must receive the official letter for each student that is eligible by these USDA guidelines -- even if the school participates in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Special High School On-Campus Program
For the same price as NUSTEP ($25 registration fee and $75 per credit hour) students in their senior year of high school with an average of 80 percent or above who are recommended by their guidance counselor or instructors can apply to take up to two college courses per semester at Niagara University where they would sit alongside college students. Academically ready juniors will also be considered.
Students who are interested in this program must submit the Special High School Program Application to the NUSTEP office, indicating what courses they would like to sign up for (click here for course offerings and availability). High school students may be approved to take 100 or 200 level courses based on prior academic work and availability of seating in the courses.