Niagara University, adhering to its Catholic and Vincentian mission, and aligned with the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M.’s vision for access and affordability, has elected to participate in the Enhanced Tuition Award (ETA) program, a tuition assistance program available under New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship legislation. Students can still enroll at Niagara for the fall semester and apply for the ETA.

“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 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.”

Ninety-eight percent of Niagara University students received more than $44 million in institutional financial aid last year, and the ETA program will allow eligible students to apply for up to $6,000 in 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.

Father Maher recently talked with Eileen Buckley from WBFO-FM to discuss his vision for access and affordability, and his willingness to work with lawmakers to advance the university’s work to serve more students.

Niagara University continues to enroll students for the fall semester, and undergraduate students can apply for the Enhanced Tuition Award from New York State until August 21.

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