Student Technology Equity Program (STEP)

Connecting laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, and other required technology to students in need

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Apply for STEP

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student in need of hardware or internet access:

  • Complete this application to be considered for a free loaner laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, or other peripherals (e.g. webcam, headphones, etc.). 
  • We will review your application and determine eligibility based on a combination of factors which include financial need, previous support received, and instructional role (e.g. GSI).
  • Submit your application by July 15, 2020 to be reviewed in time for a device to be sent to students via FedEx by the start of Fall 2020 instruction (note: we are unable to ship internationally).
  • Notifications about STEP awards will occur by early August
  • Have a question? Check out our STEP FAQs.

Free / Low Cost Technology Resources

Free Training & Information Security 

  • All students, faculty, and staff with an active CalNet ID have free access to LinkedIn Learning, an online library of on-demand, expert-led instructional videos on a wide variety of topics from using new software to financial planning and everything in between. 
  • Learn Cybersecurity best practices to protect your data and stay safe online.

Contact STEP 

Questions about this program should be directed to STEP ucbstep@berkeley.edu.


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STEP is sponsored by the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education. Additional funding and operation is provided by the Student Technology Fund.