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.

“Niagara University has an incredible legacy of providing a high-quality, private education that is both accessible and affordable for people from every background and every walk of life,” said the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University. “Niagara University students graduate in four years at a higher rate than any other institution in the Buffalo-Niagara region, and 97 percent of our recent graduates are working or are enrolled in graduate school. These outcomes, combined with our commitment to providing an affordable education, demonstrates our commitment the value of a Niagara University degree.”

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. The ETA is renewable for up to four years as long as students meet the requirements outlined by the state. The program is being administered by New York State’s Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), and it is using the same criteria as the Excelsior program. Information on the program, including award details, eligibility and restrictions, is available on the HESC website.

“Ninety-eight percent of Niagara University students received more than $44 million in institutional financial aid last year,” added Father Maher. “We will continue to provide opportunities to all eligible students. The prospect for additional funding through this state program will further enhance the value of a Niagara University education, which, according to Money magazine, offers the best return on investment in higher education in the Buffalo-Niagara region.”

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