How do I participate in this program, and is there a cost?

Access is free for UC Berkeley undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Complete this application to be considered.

When is the application deadline?

STEP is accepting applications on a rolling basis throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, while supplies last.  To get a device in time for the start of instruction in Fall 2020, applicants had to apply by the priority deadline of July 15, 2020.  However, devices will continue to be mailed multiple times each week to students found eligible.  

How and when do I find out if I'll be receiving a device from this program?

After students submit an application, they receive an immediate email confirmation and a receipt showing their complete form submission.  Next, STEP  verifies that the student meets eligibility requirements and that the device(s) that meets their needs are available.  This process can take 10-12 days.  

When might I receive a device?

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting supply chains and delivery times. We are doing our best to meet students' technology needs expediently. Students who applied by July 15, 2020 and who met our eligibility criteria are having devices shipped to them so that they are delivered in time for the start of Fall 2020 instruction. After that, we will mail students devices in batches shipped weekly until our inventory is exhausted.  We also offer curbside pickup, per the table below.  

Can you send devices internationally?

No, we ship only within the United States, and we cannot ship to US territories.  

Do you offer curbside pickup? 

Yes, students can opt to pick up a device via curbside pickup in Eshleman Hall's lobby. Students queue up in Lower Sproul Plaza. Social distancing, wearing a face covering, and other COVID-19 safety precautions must be observed at all times. Please note that if the air quality index surpasses 150, we may temporarily suspend pickup until the air quality improves. Service updates and additional curbside pickup dates throughout the year will be added below as they are scheduled.  Currently scheduled curbside pickup dates are as follows:

Date and Time Items Available 

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Thurs, January 14, 

2 pm - 5 pm

Yes Yes No Yes No No

Thurs, January 28, 



Thurs, February 11,

2 pm - 5pm

Yes Yes No Yes No No

Who can I reach out to with questions? 

Please send questions to

Does STEP offer office hours?

Yes, please see the schedule below for confidential one-on-one Zoom-based office hours staffed by a STEP team member. Office hours are offered throughout the course of the year on an ongoing basis. Please select the link of each individual team member to see their availability and schedule and appointment:

Brittnee Meitzenheimer, STEP Program Coordinator

Luz Contreras Corona, STEP Program Associate

Jenny McNulty, Student Technology Fund (STF) Analyst

What other equipment is available?

Part of the application will allow you to inform us of any other equipment you may need for your studies (e.g. headphone, webcam, stand alone microphone, etc.). These items will be considered based on instructional need.

Do I get to choose which device I get?

Students will receive a device(s) from our hardware inventory.  We will contact you individually if it is not possible to provide these options and we must offer something else.  

Does the University offer tech support?

Student Technology Services provides tech support for all students Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. Contact or 510-642-HELP.  Some hardware offered through STEP also has a service plan with a private vendor.  See the table in hardware inventory for more information.

Before contacting someone for technical assistance, please review this guideline. Failure to follow these instructions will result in a loss of data.

How do I get tech support for a STEP-provided device?  

For laptops, contact Lenovo Premier Support at 855-669-3600.  For AT&T hotspots, call AT&T at 1-800-999-5445 and ask for Advanced Technical Support.  AT&T will verify each student's identity and contact UC Berkeley Telecom to confirm that the student is a STEP recipient. For other devices, contact Student Tech Services, as described above.  If the problem cannot be resolved, please inform STEP at so that we can try to help find a solution such as replacing the device.

When and how should I return my device?

Students should return any hardware loaned through STEP either within two weeks of their graduation or within four years of the loan date, whichever is sooner. All students must complete the STEP Tech Return Certification to initiate the technology returns process and receive further instructions.

I am not returning to campus.  Can you mail me a device?

STEP will mail students devices at addresses within the US, but cannot ship to US territories nor internationally.

I live in campus housing.  Can I get a hotspot? 

Students living in campus housing are not eligible for a hotspot, with the exception of those residing in University Village. Please contact the Student Technology Services Helpdesk with questions about internet access. The Helpdesk  is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., by phone and email (510-642-HELP,

Where can I learn about STEP's own program assessment? 

STEP publishes aggregated data on its applicant pool in real time.  Additional analysis on distribution progress, program outcomes, and more are forthcoming.  Learn about STEP's own program assessment here.