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 Fall 2022 courses will take place Sept. 26 - Oct. 12, 2022. 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, Oct. 12, 2022. 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.
Tuition must be paid online within the Fall Payment Period, which will take place Oct. 18 - Nov. 11, 2022. 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 Nov. 11, 2022 will be deregistered from the course(s), and will receive no college credit.
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 Nov. 11, 2022.
A list of eligible students from each school must be emailed to Ashley Gruhalla by Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 to be applied to the Fall 2022 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.
Resources for NUSTEP Students
Resources for NUSTEP Teachers
Visiting Campus and Parking
When you visit campus, you must stop at the Campus Safety building, located directly across from the Dwyer Ice Arena, for a parking pass. A day pass is free.