The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) is designed for New York State residents in grades 7 through 12 who are minorities historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions.
- For the purpose of STEP, a student is considered a New York State resident if he or she resides in New York State and has lived in New York State for the last two terms of school prior to entry into the STEP program or resided in New York State for at least 12 months immediately preceding the first term for which he or she is seeking participation in the STEP program.
- For the purpose of STEP, minorities who are historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native.
- For the purpose of STEP, a student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the eligibility requirements.
- Institutions approved for funding are required to develop an application for STEP participants. In order to be accepted all required documentation must be complete. Students must complete an application prior to participation in the program. Funds may not be expended on behalf of students for whom an application and required documentation are not available. The project is responsible for having each student's previous and current report cards on file for the duration of their participation in the program.
- Documentation confirming economically disadvantaged status is required only for students who are not Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native. The racial/ethnic identification indicated by students on the STEP application is acceptable documentation. Similarly, family income as self-reported on the STEP application is acceptable documentation, and must fall within the income eligibility criteria indicated in the chart below.
- The application and all required documentation must be kept on file for each student at the STEP project site and must be readily available for review by State Education Department (SED) staff. In the case of consortia, a copy of the application for each student must be available at each site as well as at the lead institution or project headquarters.
Income Eligibility Criteria - STEP
|Income Eligibility Criteria|
2018 - 2020
Number of Members in Household
|2018 - 2019||2019 - 2020|
|This add-on allowance cannot be combined with the add-on amount shown above||**The Income Eligibility Levels for 2018-19 remained the same as the previous year (2017-18)||*For 2019-20, add $7,992 for each additional family member in excess of 8.|
Questions concerning STEP student eligibility should be addressed to:
Ms. Miranda Ram
Lehman Center for School & College Collaboratives