The Power of Niagara University
Niagara University continues to navigate the information available on New York state’s new Excelsior Scholarship, and subsequent Enhanced Tuition Award program for students at private colleges and universities.
We will provide updates about the legislation, as well as its implications, benefits and pitfalls. We will also include links to news stories and other resources about the state’s plan. Niagara University pledges to work with all families to help find the best opportunities for students seeking a transformational higher education experience.
If you have questions about the Enhanced Tuition Award program, please contact the ETA hotline at 716.286.8333.
The Value of Independent Sector Education
With smaller class sizes (20 on average), meaningful engagement with faculty and mentors, real-world opportunities, smaller student bodies (60 percent of independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities in New York state enroll fewer than 2,000 students) and comparatively positive outcomes (high graduation rates and excellent employment statistics), the relative cost of going to a private college or university is favorable to families. An op-ed by Father Maher on the value of independent higher education appears in The Huffington Post.
Degrees that Matter: The Value of Independent Sector Colleges and Universities to Students, Parents, and Communities
Ever since the first independent (private, not-for-profit) institution of higher learning was established centuries ago, these colleges and universities have served as a rising tide lifting students educationally, economically and socially. There is no greater engine for social mobility than a college degree. Read Father Maher's entry in The Huffington Post.
Niagara University will participate in NYS Enhanced Tuition Award program (the application is now available).
Niagara University, adhering to its Catholic and Vincentian mission, has elected to participate in the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) program, a tuition assistance program available under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship legislation. The ETA program allows eligible students to apply for up to $6,000 in funding (including Tuition Assistance Program funding) for New York residents studying at private colleges and universities in the state. Click here for more on the ETA.
Niagara’s president, the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., writes to current and accepted students.
As a Catholic and Vincentian university, Niagara has a strong legacy of providing an accessible and affordable education. For that reason, we commend any initiative that calls attention to access and affordability. At Niagara University, 98 percent of our students received nearly $44 million in institutional financial aid during the 2015-2016 academic year. Read Father Maher's full message.
Niagara University’s Level Tuition Program
There has been a lot of news recently about the cost of higher education, student debt and even free tuition for some New York state residents. While I am grateful for this dialogue, there has been a lack of information available, which is making it difficult for families to see what their true choices are when it comes to selecting an institution of higher education for this fall. Learn more about the Level Tuition Program.
- The Buffalo News - Fewer than half of the 96,000 students who applied for "free" state tuition were eligible
- WRGB - New questions over free tuition plan after NPR report
- Albany Times Union - Which SUNY schools have the most students attending tuition-free?
- U.S. News - NY State's New Free Tuition Program Covers 22K Students
- New York Post - "Cuomo’s Excelsior scholarships starting to look like Excelsi-oops"
- The New York Times - "75,000 Apply for State College Scholarships, but Many Won’t Qualify"
- Newsday - "Where Excelsior Scholarship isn't excelling"
- cIcu - "New York’s new student aid programs come with 'fine print.'”
- The New York Times – "The Cuomo College Fiasco"
- New York Sun - "'Golden handcuffs' could replace “golden door” under Cuomo Scholarship"
- Fortune - "This U.S. State’s Free College Plan Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be"
- Watertown Daily Times - "Excelsior Scholarship to only benefit 5 percent of currently enrolled SUNY and CUNY students"
97% of recent NU graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of graduation.
We believe so strongly in the lifelong benefits of our private, high-quality education, that we hold it upon ourselves to make it accessible for every student who earns admission.
You’ll get the attention you need to succeed.
Niagara students received nearly $45 million in institutional financial aid in 2016-2017.
NU is a major economic driver in WNY, with an annual impact of $226 million.
No matter where you’re from, you're at home at Niagara.