Low income

Low income: Seesaw showing expenses weighing more than income

An individual is identified as low income (Economically Disadvantaged) on the basis of:

  • receipt of a Pell Grant or comparable state program of need-based financial assistance; or
  • annual income is at or less than the official poverty level; or
  • participant or participant's parent is a recipient of public assistance; or
  • participant is eligible for participation in programs assisted under WIOA.

There are resources that low income students might qualify for. Review the below links.

Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA)
     Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth
     Financial Aid information and scholarship opportunities for youth in or aged out of foster care
     IVCC Foundation scholarships
     Other scholarship opportunities

Apply to Project Success

BEST, Business Employment Skills Team, for tuition assistance & job search
     BEST has an office at IVCC, C-328, or call 815-224-0370.

Tri-County Opportunities Council

Single Stop: Explore federal, state, and local benefits that you might be eligible for!

Apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Resources for SNAP recipients

Apply for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits

Basic needs

Differences between SNAP and WIC

Child Care Assistance Program through IDHS

GetCoveredIllinois - Medical Insurance Assistance

2-1-1 Get Connected, Get Help

    211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services. United Way 2-1-1 helps residents find fast, free, and confidential help for locating and connecting with essential community services by simply dialing 2-1-1. You can also text them at TXT211.  

Illinois Hunger Coalition
    The IHC Hunger Hotline provides bilingual services to low-income households (SNAP And Medical assistance applications) through its statewide toll-free Hunger Hotline. Call 800-359-2163. SE HABLA ESPAÑOL.

View more IVCC & Community Resources

Questions? Reach out to Hannah Bowermaster via phone/text at 815-224-0575 or email hannah_bowermaster@ivcc.edu.