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Niagara University Senior Term Enrichment Program (NUSTEP)

  • Students who are in their junior or senior year of high school with an average of 80% or above in their five core classes (history, math, English, science, and language), and who are academically prepared for college-level coursework will be notified by the course instructor and/or guidance office of the opportunity to participate in the NUSTEP program.

You can take college classes for a fraction of the cost!

  • Courses are $95 per credit hour (three credit hours = $285, four 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 2024 Courses

  • Registration will take place Jan. 30 – Feb. 14, 2024.
  • NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED as the NUSTEP registration portal will close at the end of the work day (5 p.m.) on Wed., Feb. 14, 2024.
  • 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.
  • Spring payment period will take place from Feb. 22 through March 11, 2024.


Academic Complex, Third Floor
Room 329B


Mon. – Fri.
| 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Mon. – Thu.
| 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fri. | 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Program Benefits

  • Earn college credit for a fraction of the cost.
  • Stand out when applying to college.
  • Have greater course flexibility when attending college.
  • Possibly graduate early from college.
  • Free access to Niagara University’s library resources, including books, and databases.
  • Free access to Niagara University’s Castellani Art Museum (must present NU ID card to enter).

NUSTEP Scholarship

  • Students who earn at least a B- (80) in their NUSTEP course(s) and enroll at Niagara University the fall semester after their high school graduation 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.
Applicability of credits toward the participating student’s Niagara University degree will be dependent upon the student’s chosen program of study at NU. Contact the Office of Admissions at 716.286.8700 for more information regarding undergraduate enrollment.

Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch

Students with families that meet USDA 2023-2024 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 (three credit hours = $45, four 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 11, 2024.
  • A list of eligible students from each school must be emailed to Ashley Gruhalla by Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, for the reduced rate to be applied to the Spring 2024 NUSTEP tuition.

All students in a district receiving a free lunch grant do not necessarily qualify for free and Reduced lunch status through the USDA 2023-2024 guidelines. Please check with your guidance or principal’s office for paperwork and requirements.



ashley gruhalla

Ashley Gruhalla
Coordinator of NUSTEP