The Perkins Program - Student Assistance
The Perkins Program provides services to help students enrolled in career programs successfully complete an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or Certificate in their chosen career field and enter the workplace in that field immediately afterward.
It is intended for students who are academically or economically disadvantaged. This may include students who are:
- DisabledAn individual with any disability as defined in Section 3 of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students must be registered with the Office of Disabilities Services. (217) 234-5259
- Displaced homemakers An individual who worked primarily without pay to care for a home and family and dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income and returning to college because of difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.
- Economical Disadvantaged Students who are receiving some form of need-based monetary assistance such as a Pell Grant or a comparable state program of need-based financial assistance or public assistance or students who are eligible for participation in programs assisted under the Workforce Investment Act.
- Nontraditional students (a gender-based designation based on specific career program enrollment) Those students preparing for an occupation where one gender comprises less than 25% of those employed in that field.
- Single ParentsAn individual who is (A) unmarried or legally separated from a spouse and (B) has a minor child or children for which he/she has either custody or joint custody.
Students meeting the qualifications may be eligible for:
- Tutoring opportunities
- Assistance with the purchase of required supplies, workbooks and/or uniforms (specific programs)
- Loan program for tools (specific programs)
Students who feel they may qualify for the Perkins Program should call 217-234-5225 with questions. Qualification and eligibility can usually be determined within a few minutes.