Students in grades 7th – 12th must meet one of two eligibility criteria:
- Students who belong to underrepresented minority groups in scientific, technical, and health professions are eligible to apply for entry to the program. The state of New York has designated African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Alaskan Natives as members of such groups.
- Economically disadvantaged students are also eligible to apply for entry 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. The following table lists gross family income limits for applicants who are not members of underrepresented minority groups.