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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 with a cumulative average of 85 percent or above will also be considered for the program.

You can take college classes for a fraction of the cost! Courses are $95 per credit hour (3 credit hours = $285, 4 credit hours = $380).*

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

Online registration for Spring 2023 courses will take place January 30 - February 15, 2023. Please note that NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED as the NUSTEP registration portal will close at the end of the work day (5 p.m.) on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023.  Registration is not complete until your tuition is paid online with a credit/debit card (additional 2.85% transaction fee will be applied) or electronic check, through our online payment portal, Touchnet, during the payment period.


Tuition must be paid online within the Spring Payment Period, which will take place February 21 - March 13, 2023. Instructions for payment will be sent to students upon completing the registration form to the email entered. 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 March 13, 2023 will be deregistered from the course(s), and will receive no college credit. If a student drops a course after the payment period has ended, no refund will be issued. 

Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch*

Student's with families that meet USDA 2022-2023 Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals and have documentation through their school's district office are eligible to receive a reduced tuition rate of $15 per credit hour (3 credit hours = $45, 4 credit hours = $60). Please speak with your Guidance Counselor and provide proof of eligibility to qualify for reduced tuition. When registering, please choose the "Free and Reduced" option in the payment section. Qualifying students are still responsible to pay $15 per credit hour by March 13, 2023. 

A list of eligible students from each school must be emailed to Ashley Gruhalla by Friday, February 17, 2023 to be applied to the Spring 2023 NUSTEP tuition.

*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 2022-2023 Guidelines.  Please check with your guidance or principal's office for paperwork and requirements.

NUSTEP Scholarship - NEW for 2022-2023!

All students registered for NUSTEP, who receive at least a B- (80) in their NUSTEP courses, and enroll at Niagara University the fall semester after their senior year of High School, are eligible to receive a $3,000 Scholarship per year.

Participating students who are admitted and decide to enroll at Niagara University immediately after high school graduation become eligible for the NUSTEP Scholarship, applicable for up to four years of full-time, continuous undergraduate study at Niagara University. In addition, all completed NUSTEP courses, including the grades received, will be part of the student’s academic record at Niagara University and will be reflected on the student’s transcript and factored into the student’s cumulative GPA.

Please note that applicability of credits toward the participating student's Niagara University degree will be dependent upon the student's chosen program of study at NU.


For more information, please contact Ashley Gruhalla, NUSTEP Coordinator, at 716-286-8185.