Eligibility Requirements

CSTEP is funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department and was created over 20 years ago to address the shortage of minority and low income students pursuing careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, health, or the licensed professions.

  Eligibility for CSTEP is determined by the NYSED. To be eligible for CSTEP, an applicant must:

  •     Be a resident of New York State 
  •     Black, Hispanic, or Native American OR meet income guidelines (below) 
  •     Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or better for continuing SUNY Potsdam students 
  •     Have an interest in pursuing a career in a CSTEP field 

  Income Eligibility for 2008-2011:

* All students applying under income guidelines must submit documentation along with their application form. The CSTEP staff will assist in identifying the proper documentation to submit. Income includes student income as well as income from those who claim student as a dependent.

 

  Income Eligibility Criteria

                                                                               
      Number of Dependents          2008-2009          2009-2010          2010-2011   
      1
2
3
4
5
6
7   
      $15,140
$20,390
$25,650
$30,900
$36,150
$41,410
$46,660 (1)   
      $15,590
$21,000
$26,420
$31,830
$37,240
$42,650
$48,060 (2)   
      $16,060
$21,630
$27,210
$32,790
$38,360
$43,960
$49,500 (3)   
      This ad-on allowance
cannot be combined with the
add-on amount shown below   
      Add $5,250 for
two workers or
for one worker
as sole support
of a one-parent
family   
      Add $5,410 for
two workers or for
one worker as sole
support of a
one-parent family*
   
      Add $5,570 for
two workers or
for one worker
as sole support
of a one-parent
family   
      This ad-on allowance cannot be combined with the add-on amount shown below          Add $2,630 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the
same time   
      Add $2,710 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time          Add $2,790 for a household supported by one member working two or more jobs at the same time   

  (1) Add $5,250 for each family member in excess of 7

  (2) Add $5,410 for each family member in excess of 7

  (3) Add $5,570 for each family member in excess of 7

  *The amount shown for this add-on allowance includes a circumstance where one parent is working one or more jobs

  CSTEP Majors/Careers:

 

LIST A: CSTEP Eligible Majors/Minors at SUNY Potsdam

  •     Archaeological Studies 
  •     Anthropology 
  •     Biology (BA or BS) 
  •     Biochemistry 
  •     Chemistry (BA or BS) 
  •     3+2 Program in Chemistry and Engineering (w/ Clarkson) 
  •     Computer and Information Science 
  •     3+2 Program in Computer Science and Engineering (w/ Clarkson) 
  •     Business Economics (Accounting Concentration) 
  •     Business Administration (Accounting Concentration) 
  •     Community Health (BA or BS) 
  •     Creative Arts Therapy Minor 
  •     Education (Secondary Science/Math) 
  •     Environmental Science 
  •     Geology (BA or BS) 
  •     3+2 Program in Geology and Engineering (w/ Clarkson) 
  •     Mathematics (BA or BA/MA) 
  •     3+2 Program in Mathematics and Engineering (w/ Clarkson) 
  •     Natural Science 
  •     Physics 
  •     3+2 Program in Physics and Engineering (w/ Clarkson) 
  •     Pre-Law Minor 
  •     Pre-Medical Sciences 
  •     Psychology 
  • Sociology

 

LIST B: CSTEP-Eligible Professions*

  •     Acupuncture 
  •     Architecture 
  •     Athletic Trainer 
  •     Audiology 
  •     Certified Shorthand Reporting 
  •     Chiropractic 
  •     Creative Arts Therapy 
  •     Dentistry   
    •         Dentists     
    •         Dental Anesthesia/Sedation     
    •         Dental Hygienists     
    •         Dental Assistants     
     
  •     Dietetics-Nutrition 
  •     Engineering 
  •     Interior Design 
  •     Land Surveying 
  •     Landscape Architecture 
  •     Law 
  •     Massage Therapy 
  •     Medical Physics 
  •     Medicine   
    •         Physician     
    •         Physician, 3-year limited license     
    •         Physician Assistants     
    •         Specialist Assistants     
     
  •     Mental Health Practitioners 
  •     Midwifery 
  •     Nursing   
    •         Registered Professional Nurses     
    •         Licensed Practical Nurses     
    •         Nurse Practitioners     
     
  •     Occupational Therapy   
    •         Occupational Therapists     
    •         Occupational Therapy Assistants     
     
  •     Ophthalmic Dispensing 
  •     Optometry 
  •     Pharmacy   
    •         Pharmacists     
    •         Pharmacy Establishments     
     
  •     Physical Therapy   
    •         Physical Therapists     
    •         Physical Therapist Assistants     
     
  •     Podiatry 
  •     Psychology 
  •     Public Accountancy   
    •         Certified Public Accountants     
    •         Public Accountants     
     
  •     Respiratory Therapy 
  •     Social Work 
  •     Speech-Language Pathology 
  •     Teacher (Science/Mathematics) 
  •     Veterinary Medicine 

  * If you don’t see your major on List A, you can be eligible for CSTEP if you plan to pursue a career in one of the fields on List B.