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Benefits Navigator

Benefits Navigator

Beginning January 1, 2023, each public institution of higher education in Illinois is required to designate a member of staff to serve as a Benefits Navigator to help students in need to determine eligibility for benefit programs and identify campuswide and community resource support. The designated staff member will participate in a Communities of Practice (CoP) held by IBHE to coordinate with Benefits Navigators at other public institutions of higher education to develop best practices. Below, IBHE includes links to resources that may be beneficial to Benefits Navigators.

Meeting Information

2024 Tentative Dates

6 th
Location: (TBD)
11 th
Location: (TBD)
22 th
Location: (TBD)

Benefits Navigators Names and Contact Information

Resources and Tips

United Way 211

IDHS: Cash, SNAP & Medical Assistance

IDHE: Emergency Food

IDHS: Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

ISAC Student Portal

Link Up Illinois

IDHS: WIC Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)

IDHS: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

IDHS: Medical Assistance Programs

IDHS: Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

Benefit Finder Questionnaire

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Other Helpful Information

HOUSE Liaison   Undocumented Student Liaisons Contact List (PDF)  Veteran Coordinators Contact List (PDF)

Past Meeting Presentations 2023

Contact Us

Melissa Van
Policy Research Associate

Ashley Lewis
Assistant Director of Policy Research