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How do I join STEP?

In order to become a member of this program, you will need to have been accepted to Eastern Illinois University and have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Once you have been accepted to EIU, please call 217-581-2715 or email STEP@eiu.edu.  You will then complete the required paperwork and schedule a meeting to meet with a team member of STEP.

What are the costs to be a part of STEP?

A fee of $2,500 per semester is required to participate in the program each semester.  The fee is put in place to ensure the needed materials and program team members are available.  An additional charge is required for those students who choose to take advantage of the single room option.

Is this program only for incoming freshman students?

No, this program is not just for freshman.  Students who are already attending EIU may elect to join the program at any time.  Students who are transferring into EIU  may also elect to join the program.

I want to live off campus.  May I still be a member of this program?

Yes, you may live off campus.  However, we recommend living on campus due to the supports being much more enhanced and available if you are on campus.

I had transitional supports in high school that made me feel like a child.  How will STEP ensure that I will be supported as an adult?

This program is completely designed for the adult learner at the postsecondary level.  The skills you will be working on are designed around the adult lifestyle and what is needed to encourage success at EIU.