Science and Technology Entry Program


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Purpose and Program Services

To increase the number of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students prepared to enter college, and improve their participation rate in mathematics, science, technology, health related fields and the licensed professions

STEP provides academic enrichment in science and mathematics content areas.  Projects consist of academic year and summer components including:

  • Core subject instruction/Regents exam preparation
  • Supervised practical training
  • Supervised research training
  • College admissions counseling
  • Standardized tests preparation
  • Career awareness/development activities

STEP Improves Student Readiness:

  • Enriches science and mathematics instruction
  • Provides laboratories for supervised training in research method
  • Conducts summer programs
  • Provides standardized test preparation and practice
  • Assists students with the college application process

Institutional Eligibility: Competitive grants are awarded to institutions of higher education (IHE).  IHE's administer projects in schools/school districts with 20 percent or more enrollment of historically underrepresented students.

Student Eligibility: STEP serves secondary school students all over New York State.   Students must be:

  • Enrolled in Grades 7-12
  • Economically disadvantaged, or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Alaskan Native or American Indian; and will benefit from academic enrichment.
    • Black or African American. A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.
    • American Indian and Alaska Native. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
    • Hispanics or Latinos are those people whose origins are from Spain, the Spanish-speaking countries of Central or South America, or the Dominican Republic. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.

Economically Disadvantaged:

  • For the purpose of STEP, a student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the income eligibility criteria (New York State Opportunity ProgramsIncome Eligibility Criteria 2015-16 - 2018-19). The eligibility standards set forth apply only at the time of admission as a first-time studentto a STEPprogram. Once admitted, a student may continue to receive supportive services as needed, even if the family income rises above the current eligibility standards.
  • Additional documentation of household income need not be collected to determine eligibility under economic disadvantage if the student falls into one of the following categories, and documentation is availableto demonstrate:
    • the student's family is the recipient of family assistance program aid or safety net assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or a county department of social services; or is the recipient of family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or a county department of social services;
    • the student is living with foster parents and no monies are provided from the natural parents; or
    • the student is a ward of the State or a county.
    • the student is eligible for free or reduced lunch at his or her secondary school based upon family income (verified by the school).

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Contact Information:

Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave, EBA RM 960

Albany, NY 12234
(518) 486-5202

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Last Updated: September 20, 2018