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.
- 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, 2013 and June 30, 2014)