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Home-Schooled Students

(Students who are enrolled in a Home-School program & plan to continue in their Home-School program while being enrolled at SUNY Niagara)

SUNY Niagara strives to enrich a home-based education by offering hundreds of college courses at two convenient locations. SUNY Niagara offers a variety of flexible instructional methods to meet your needs!

Admissions Requirements

  • Students must be in at least 9th grade to attend SUNY Niagara.
  • Students under 17 when the term starts: We will reach out to the parent/guardian to get written permission for the student to attend.
  • Proof of home-school attendance: Students must submit either;
    • A letter from your school district stating the student is being home-schooled for the [academic year], OR
    • A copy of your Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) approval letter.

Documents can be emailed to bsouliske@niagaracc.suny.edu

 

For more information or to discuss if this path is right for you, please contact:

Office of Admissions
Phone: 716-614-6200

Or visit the Enrollment Center in the Notar Administration Building.

Scholarships Are Available!

Scholarship funds are available to reduce the tuition rate to only $86 per credit hour for our home-schooled students. Once registered, the scholarship will be applied to your account. Students do not need to apply separately for the scholarship funds. 

Funding is limited, so we encourage you to register soon!

Visit Tuition & Fees for more detailed information.

Students living within NYS, but reside outside Niagara County must complete a Certificate of Residence by deadline to avoid increased tuition charges.

Registration Process

  • Apply using our online form*If you have never completed a Next Gen form before, you will need to click on “Create New Account” as shown below.  Once your account has been created, you will be able to log in and complete the form.
    • Admissions will review your application and may reach out to you for any advisement/registration related questions.  *Placement testing is not required for non-matriculated students, effective Summer 2024.

  • Once the application has been processed, you will receive a letter in the mail to the address provided on your application with your T-Wolves Email username and temporary password to activate your email account.

  • You will register for classes online in Banner Web.  You will log into Banner Web using your T-Wolves Email username and password.  Click on the link below for detailed instructions on how to register for classes.

Non-Matriculated Student Registration Instructions

Course Offerings – This provides a searchable listing of all courses available for a selected semester.

  •  Payment will be due upon registration.  Payment plans are availableStudents are responsible for any course material charges and/or specific course related fees normally billed to student accounts.
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After you earn your NYS high school equivalency diploma, you are eligible to apply to SUNY Niagara to earn a college degree and/or certificate.

The State University of New York has established a specific admissions policy for home-schooled students. The purpose of the policy is to ensure that home-schooled students are treated fairly yet in accordance with the requirements of state and federal law. The policy set forth below deals exclusively with the criteria for eligibility to be considered as an applicant for admission to either a state-operated campus or a community college under the program of the State University of New York. Once eligibility for consideration is established, the applicant also must meet any campus-specific admissions requirements.

For Applicants Beyond the Age of Compulsory Attendance

Maximum compulsory school attendance age is reached when the student has completed the school year in which he or she turned 16 or older (according to the specific school district’s designation).

Home-schooled students will be considered for admission to matriculated students if they can provide either of the following:

1) A letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of home instruction.  Please view this sample letter.  This would meet the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and section 3.47(a) of Rules of the Board of Regents attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction that is the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course of instruction.

2) Passing score on the general comprehensive examination for the state high school equivalency diploma (and the diploma itself when available). When the student has reached the maximum compulsory school attendance age, he or she is eligible to take the high school equivalency examination. A student may not take the high school equivalency examination until July 1 of the year in which he or she turned 16.

3) Successful completion of 24 semester hours by a verified degree-granting institution as a recognized candidate for a college-level degree.  This would meet accordance with 8 NYCRR Section 3.47 (a)(2)(ii)(d).

4) A previous college-level degree from an accredited degree-granting institution.

5) Evidence of having passed five Regents examinations in the subjects listed in 8 NYCRR Section 3.47 (a)(2)(ii)(f).

Please note: A diploma issued by a correspondence school that is not accredited or registered in the state in which it is located is not acceptable as the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma.

For Applicants Within the Age of Compulsory Attendance

Please submit a letter from the superintendent of the school district in which the student resides, attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction.  Please view this sample letter for reference.  This would meet the requirements of Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and section 3.47(a) of Rules of the Board of Regents attesting to the student’s completion of a program of home instruction that is the substantial equivalent of a four-year high school course of instruction.  These students will be required to take the College’s Placement Tests in math, reading, and writing.