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C-STEP Application

Thank you for your interest in C-STEP. Please review the following instructions carefully before beginning your application.

The C-STEP Application requires students to complete 2 short essays.  Please review the essay prompts below and prepare your essays before completing your application. (Be sure to include the prompt in your response.) Please note that you may save your work and go back to it later before submitting your application. Once you submit, your essays are final.

  • Essay 1: The ideal C-STEP candidate is someone with demonstrated academic potential and an income at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The selection process is a holistic one that may also consider factors such as the ability to overcome obstacles, first-generation college status, diversity, employment history, and family responsibilities. Please explain in 500 words or fewer why you believe you would be a good candidate for C-STEP.
  • Essay 2: Respond in 400-500 words to the following prompt: Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.


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