The Office of the CIO and the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education sponsors the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP). The Student Technology Fund (STF) operates and provides additional funding to STEP, which had a budget of $4.55M in 2020-2021. This program provided emergency COVID relief in the form of technology access for thousands of UC Berkeley students. Learn more about STEP's imapact here.
A precursor to STEP, the STF mobilized the Tech Access Program (TAP) as a short-term emergency response to students' need for laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots in the Spring of 2020. TAP provided 470 laptops and 200 hotspots to students, mostly by mail, as a free loan. TAP was developed and funded by STF, and received support from the Chief Technology Officer and other campus partners.