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Applications for STEP for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed.
Application Process  
Student must first apply to EIU and be accepted. Prospective students are also encouraged to participate in virtual or campus visits offered by the EIU Admissions office. Then, the student and parent/guardian must complete the STEP application process, which consists of completion of all forms (listed below) and a meeting with the STEP director. To schedule this visit, please email or call 217-581-6361. Both in-person and virtual options are available. See this campus map with STEP located in Klehm Hall if you choose to visit in person.
To be considered for enrollment in the STEP program, the following forms are required: 
- Documented evidence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This documentation should be in the form of a recent (within the last 3 years) clinical psychology report, neuropsychology report, psychoeducational evaluation, or a speech-language evaluation performed by a qualified and licensed professional.
- The most recent IEP or 504 Plan from the high school setting. Please include accommodations if they were utilized in a college setting. 
- Parent Perspectives & Goals and Parent Day in the Life forms
- Student Perspectives & Goals and Student Day in the Life forms
-Teacher Perspectives & Goals form 
Supplemental Information form
Email all forms to:
Mail all forms to: 
Eastern Illinois University
STEP Program
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston IL, 61920


An evaluation of an individual’s goodness of fit within the STEP program plays a primary role in the decision process. Once decisions have been made, families will be notified by email. Due to the limited space in the program, we are unable to offer a spot to all that apply.
If admitted to STEP, students and parents indicate their intent to enroll and participate in the program by completing and returning the STEP Agreement form and the STEP release of information form

Please don't hesitate to call or email us at if you have any questions regarding this process.

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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois University STEP Program

1311 Klehm Hall
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-6361
Fax: (217) 581-7105

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