Students in grades 7 to 12 must meet one of two eligibility criteria. Students who belong to minority groups underrepresented in scientific, technical, and health professions are eligible to apply to the program. The state of New York has designated Black/African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives as members of such groups.
Economically disadvantaged students are also eligible to apply to the program. The state of New York has established income requirements for students who seek admission to STEP on the basis of economic factors. This document lists gross family income limits for applicants who are not members of underrepresented minority groups.