Technology Access Program (TAP) and Student Technology Equity Program (STEP)

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

Sonim XP8 hotspots being prepared for distribution from Unit 2, March 2020

Student Technology Fund staff transporting Dell laptops for shipment to students, April 2020

Student Technology Fund and FedEx staff packaging Chromebooks and hotspots for shipment to students, April 2020

U-Haul filled with Chromebooks being transported to FedEx for shipment, April 2021

I previously relied on the university’s technology in the libraries...After receiving a Chromebook laptop from the Technology Access Program, I’ve not only been able to attend my zoom classes but I’ve also had the chance to attend work virtually as an ambassador for Berkeley and now as a mentor, thank you!
Anthony, Undergraduate Student, Class of 2023
The WiFi hotspot, with a paid data plan, is a relief for me. Before receiving the hotspot, I had very limited and unreliable access to the internet. This affected how my role as a student... a GSI ...and a researcher. Now, I am able to do all these because of the hotspot so thank you for the wonderful and needed program.
Anonymous, graduate student