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What are the costs to be a part of STEP?

A fee of $3,000 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.  When students have demonstrated success at EIU and less support and skill building is needed, they may from STEP into STEP-M (maintenance), which is $1,500 per semester.  To make a payment, click the following link:

Is this program only for incoming freshman students?

No, this program is not just for freshman.  Students with Autism who are already attending EIU may apply to the program.  Students who are transferring into EIU may also apply 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 post-secondary level.  The skills you will be working on are designed around the adult lifestyle and what is needed to encourage success at EIU.

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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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