Advancing Students Toward Education and Employment Program

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Step One: Determine Eligibility


Eligibility is determined by ASTEP Staff, and guided by the following criteria:


The following need to be considered in order for a student to be eligible for the ASTEP program:


  • Individual is between the ages of 18 and 26 years of age
  • Intellectual disability is the primary or secondary disability
  • IDEA-eligible, or formerly IDEA eligible
  • ACT or SAT score is recommended but not required
  • Social Graduation (Unsigned diploma/may be currently on IEP while attending ASTEP) or High School Diploma
  • Must have practical literacy skills to support interacting with college-level material.
  • Ability to follow University Code of Conduct
  • Must have safety skills in unsupervised settings
  • Must have the motivation and interest to attend college and be employed


Next Steps Handout (718kb - pdf)


Step Two: Apply


Once you have received an eligibility confirmation letter, then the next step is to request an application packet by contacting:


ASTEP Outreach Coordinators:


(800) 233-1737 toll free  or


The deadline to apply for the upcoming Fall academic year is

Janurary 15th!


If you have any questions regarding ASTEP program eligibility, or you have questions regarding the ASTEP program application packet, please do not hesitate to contact us!




Program Costs


MSU - NDCPD - 500 University Ave West    Minot, ND 58707                   (800) 233-1737

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