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.

Requests will be prioritized to meet the greatest need. Students will be asked to participate in troubleshooting existing hardware problems before being provided with a STEP laptop.

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.

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

  • Sunday, August 23rd:  first round applications submitted before midnight
  • Tuesday, August 25th:  first round applicants will receive notice of a decision
  • Equipment pickup:  to be scheduled individually with approved applicants
  • Ongoing applications:  applications will be assessed on a rolling basis during the academic year

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

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