College Science and Technology Program (CSTEP)
What is CSTEP?
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) funded by the New York State Education Department is a program intended to increase access by minority and economically disadvantage students to academic programs at the college level in scientific and technical fields. The Vaughn College CSTEP program is scheduled to start on the fall of 2020 and will serve 100 students (at any given time) enrolled full-time in bachelor’s degree in STEM majors.
If you are interested in applying to the CSTEP program, fill out the application. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Amir Elzaway at .
Learn more about Vaughn's Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) below or by attending one of our virtual information sessions.
A student who is eligible to be part of the CSTEP must be:
- A New York State resident.
- In good academic standing (high school cumulative GPA of 3.0, or College GPA of 2.5).
- Enrolled full-time in a B.S. program in Engineering or Engineering Technology at Vaughn College.
And identify with one the following criteria:
From one of the following historically underrepresented minority groups:
- Black, Hispanic, American Indian, or Alaskan native
- Meet the economic eligibility guidelines established by NYSED** (can be determined by completing the FAFSA application or most recent tax return).
If the above requirements are met, the eligible students are highly encouraged to fill out an application to join the CSTEP Program.
Depending on the student’s college level, the CSTEP program will provide the following services to students in the program:
- Mentorship by the college professors
- Free gateway courses designed to increase student academic performance in fundamental courses
- Supporting students’ extra-curricular activities such as participation in student club activities
- Improving students’ professional skills by providing students with opportunities to participate in professional conferences, seminars and networking events
- Career development events provided by the Engineering Department, and the Career Services Office
- Students in the program will be eligible to participate in the summer research program. This paid-research program will be supported by the CSTEP program and Vaughn College under the supervision of faculty members.
- Services provided to support students’ academically such as supplemental instructors program and tutoring services.
Can a student transfer from another CSTEP Program?
Yes, if the program has availability, all transfer students from other CSTEP program are eligible to join to CSTEP program at Vaughn College if they meet the eligibility requirements.
|# of Household Dependents||2020-2021 Eligible Income|
For 2020-2021, add $8,177 for each family member in excess of 8.