Living & Family Assistance Resources



There are a variety of local food assistance programs, including some located on campus. Click here for a detailed list. 


Some students may be eligible to receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  Consider applying online.

Student - Parents

If you are a parent and/or caretaker, we encourage you to reach out to other student-parents in the UIUC community.  Join the “Students with Families” Facebook page to get connected.  For the most comprehensive guide to student-parent resources at Illinois, visit:



Are you a Chicago Scholar? 

The Lifeline Grant is available to Chicago Scholars experiencing an unexpected situation that requires immediate attention and support.  

Short-Term Loan

The Office of Student Financial Aid offers a Short-Term Loan program for students in need of temporary funds for unexpected emergencies or other immediate expenses.  Please take caution before borrowing a short-term loan and discuss with a financial aid counselor any other alternatives/amendments to your financial aid package before accepting a short-term loan. 

Payment Plans

If you have an outstanding balance on your Student Account, you may wish to investigate a payment plan.  Before doing so, please contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to make sure that your account balance is accurate and there are no amendments that can be made to your financial aid package to reduce the amount you owe. If, in fact, you do have an amount due at that point, Payment Plan information can be found here or you can visit Cashier Operations in person at Room 162 Henry Administration Building to discuss.