Computing & Information Services

Student Technology Equipment Program (STEP)

What is STEP?

STEP makes technology available to students in need. For a non-refundable program fee of $50, approved applicants can borrow a laptop computer for the duration of an academic year. The laptop comes with built-in speakers, microphone, webcam, and is loaded with Microsoft Office and various other productivity software. STEP fees help pay for maintenance and replacement of equipment in the Student Technology Equipment Program.

Personal technology accessories such as external web cameras, keyboards, mice, and headsets can be acquired through the Computer Store. The store strives to maintain a stock of affordable accessories. In some circumstances, college emergency funds are made available to provide computer accessories to students in need.

STEP Eligibility

STEP is geared toward thesising seniors, returning students currently on financial aid, and those who do not otherwise have access to a computer that meets minimum specifications. Students who already have access to such a computer should not apply to STEP.

Requests will be prioritized to meet the greatest need. Students must work with CUS to troubleshoot existing computer problems and explore repair options before being approved for a STEP laptop.

STEP applicants promise they’ll be kind to borrowed equipment, and will return it on time and in good working condition. Equipment must be returned at the end of the loan term or upon graduation, whichever comes first.

If you are in need of assistive technology, adaptive equipment, or other disability accommodations, please reach out to us. We will work with you and Disability & Accessibility Resources on your accessibility needs.

STEP Application Timeline

For expedited consideration before the start of the fall semester, eligible students are encouraged to apply by the following dates:

  • Sunday, August 29th:  first round applications submitted before 11:59 pm Sunday
  • Tuesday, August 31st:  first round applicants will receive a response via email
  • Equipment pickup:    to be scheduled individually with approved applicants as computers are configured for them

Applications made after these dates will be assessed on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, but the process may be slower during busy times.

To apply, fill out the STEP application here (Reed Login required).

Have questions about the program? Please contact chs@reed.edu.