Arizona High School Sophomores

STEP wants to help YOU succeed in college.

We will guide you through every step of the college application process from sophomore year through senior year.

STEP is a lot of work – but the return on your investment of effort is amazing!

College-Prep Program Application Deadline for Current Sophomores – November 15, 2019 (by midnight).


Student Qualifications

You must meet all qualifications to apply:

  • Sophomore

  • Un-weighted GPA of 3.6 or higher

  • Taking multiple Honors classes and on track to take AP/IB level classes in junior/senior year

  • Low income (qualify or slightly above qualifying for free/reduced lunch)

  • Neither parent has a 4-year college degree

A Completed Online Application Includes

  • STEP Application – digitally SIGNED by student and parent/legal guardian

  • Essay responses

  • Two (2) teacher recommendations - submitted by teachers

  • Copy of Transcript (can be unofficial) - submitted by counselor

  • Current Progress Report - submitted by counselor

Some notes on the online application

  • It is likely you WILL NOT finish it in one sitting. Plan to work on it for at least a week or more so you can edit it and get feedback from someone you trust (especially on your essays!)

  • You will be prompted to SAVE your work throughout the form. You will be able to resume your saved application by clicking through the completed pages (check your answers as you click through!)

  • Your essay responses are the CORE of your application. Spend time on those responses and PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!! We also recommend sharing them with your English teacher to ask for feedback (write them outside of the application form and paste them in when they are ready).

“STEP was my college parent. STEP showed me not only how to apply to college and financial aid, but it also helped me believe in myself. STEP is why I attend the school of my dreams.”
— Ashley Parra, STEP Alum, Wellesley College
“I think STEP truly opened my eyes to all the options and opportunities there are and made me believe that where there is a will, there is a way. Something I wish every student would know.”
— Kimberly Soltero, STEP Alum, U.S. Air Force Academy