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STEP & BEST Programs

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)

The Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP) at New York University (NYU) is an innovative pre-college enrichment program for talented middle and high school students from any New York schools. Our goal is to encourage and increase the presence of historically under-represented groups in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM careers) and licensed professions.

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST)

Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) is a joint program with STEP at NYU. The BEST program is specifically designed to serve students attending middle schools and high schools in Community School District 13 located in Brooklyn, New York.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for STEP, you must:

  • Be a high school or middle school student in grades 7-12
  • Have an 80 Average in Math, Science, and English
  • Have an 80 Cumulative Average
  • Be a resident of New York State
  • Identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan American, or meet state-determined economic criteria below.

Economically Disadvantaged Eligibility Requirements

1. Economic Eligibility Criteria (for students who do not identify as African American, Latino, Native American or Alaskan American):

  •  All economic eligibility criteria apply to the calendar year prior to the academic year of first entry into STEP. For example, 2012-2013, it is the 2011 calendar year; for 2013-2014, it is the 2012 calendar year.
  • A student is considered economically disadvantaged if he or she is a member of:
    • A household supported by one parent if dependent, by the student or by a spouse if independent, whose total annual income is not more than the applicable amount listed in the Income eligibility table.

2. Exceptions:

  • Reference to the household income scale need not be made if the student falls into
    one of the following categories, and documentation is available:

a. The student's family is the recipient of: (1) Family Assistance Program Aid; or (2) Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, or a county department of social services; or (3) family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services Assistance, or a county department of social services;

 b. The student is a ward of the State or a county.

(For students first entering the Program between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016)

Income Eligibility

 Number of Dependents

2015-16 (Total income in     preceding calendar year)

1 $21,755
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951*

*Add $7,696 for each family member in excess of 7.

STEP students


Please click here for the 2016 Summer Program application.

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