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Supporting Your STEP Student

Welcome to the Aggie Family

STEP recognizes that students have many people in their lives who have supported and encouraged their success leading to admittance to UC Davis, and we know families come in many forms from all walks of life. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, partner, spouse, legal guardian, mentor or friend, welcome to the Aggie family! Through STEP we hope to foster relationships that will enable students to build a support network while at UC Davis.

If your student has been invited to apply for participation in STEP, please encourage them to apply via MyAdmissions by the May 1, 2022 deadline. Students must submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before they can apply to STEP. Their FAFSA or CA Dream Act applications also must be submitted by May 1. Learn more about how students apply to the STEP program. We encourage family members to hold their students accountable and check often to make sure students are completing the application on time.

STEP has a summer bridge component and lasts two years of the student's undergraduate career. The program is designed to provide students with the proper tools to succeed at UC Davis through a multitude of resources such as one-on-one advising, writing tutoring, and math tutoring. We have high expectations for our students and aspire to adequately prepare them for their future careers.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the time commitment for summer STEP?
  • Students selected to participate in STEP will participate in ALL STEP courses and activities. Students will spend at least 35 hours per week engaging in all aspects of the program Monday-Sunday.

  • Can my student miss any STEP extracurricular activities?
  • STEP is a full-time commitment so students are required to take full advantage of the program by attending all events and programs including weekend activities.

  • Is there a cost for STEP?
  • No. STEP is funded through a combination of financial aid and STEP funds.

  • How can I support my student with the STEP application?
  • Please make sure that your student is submitting all necessary forms and applications, including two FAFSA/Dream Act Applications. Learn more about the STEP application deadline and requirements.