STEP/BEST Eligibility

STEP/BEST Eligibility

Students must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for the NYU Science Technology Entry Program (STEP). Building Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) admission to New York University STEP/BEST programs:

  • Be a New York State resident
  • Have an 80 average in Math, Science, and English
  • Identify as African American, Latino, Native American, and Alaskan American. Students who identify as White or Asian must meet state-determined economic criteria listed on the eligibility section of the website
  • Be a middle or high school student in the 7th - 12th grade
  • All eligible BEST students must attend a District 13 school located in Brooklyn. Please see the main page of the website with the details for the BEST program

The Science and Technology Entry Program 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.  Minorities historically underrepresented in the scientific, technical, health-related, and licensed professions are Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native. A student is economically disadvantaged if he or she meets the income eligibility criteria set forth below.

Economically Disadvantaged Eligibility Requirements

1. Economic Eligibility Criteria (only for students who identify as White or Asian):

  • All economic eligibility criteria apply to the calendar year prior to the academic year of first entry into STEP. For example, 2015-2016, it is the 2014 calendar year; for 2016-2017, it is the 2015 calendar year.
  • A student is considered economically disadvantaged if he or she is a member of:
    • Qualifies for Free or Reduced Lunch at their middle/high school
    • 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.