Supporting Your STEP Student

Parents helping students moving in

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 deadline. Students must submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR) before they can apply to STEP. Their FAFSA also must be submitted by May 1st. More information for how students apply to the STEP program can be found here. 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 should students bring for registration?
  • Be sure to bring a government issued ID such as an state ID card, driver's license, passport, permanent resident card, etc. Students should also bring any amenities they require for their dorm. A list will be provided in their acceptance package

  • Where will students be staying?
  • Students will be staying in the residence halls. This year students will be staying the Tercero Residence Hall Area.

  • Will the students receive meals?
  • Yes. Students will be provided with 3 meals a day as part of the program. Any outside meals will be out of the student's pocket.

  • Can I mail items to my student?
  • Yes. Items can be mailed to the Segundo Service Desk.

  • Can they leave for the weekend?
  • No. STEP is a full time commitment so students are required to take full advantage of the program by attending all events and programs including during the weekends.

  • Can I visit my student?
  • Yes. Students will be allowed to have visits from family during their free time. Family will be required to check in with staff before heading to the student's dorm.

  • 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 students is submitting all necessary forms and applications, including two FAFSA/Dream Act Applications. Learn more about the STEP application deadline and requirements.