Basic Needs

Basic Needs refers to access to essential services that impact overall health and well-being. Basic needs resources include access to nutritious food, stable housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, and financial resources.

If you are worried that a student may need support with their basic needs or financial stressors, you can submit a referral to the Student Assistance Center. Our staff will then reach out to provide support.

Learn about the Emergency Dean Fund and how the fund may help eligible students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to an emergency.

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Satellite Hours

Basic Needs – Spring 2024
Hours begin the week of January 29 and will be available through the end of the spring semester.


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SNAP Workshop

  • Date: Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • Time: 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Location: OVCDEI Conference Room 3003 in Suite 302
    (614 E Daniel St. 3rd Floor)

The Basic Needs office is hosting a workshop on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) -- covering eligibility criteria and budgeting strategies for SNAP benefits.

Attendees will have the opportunity to work on their SNAP application with the Assistant Director of Basic Needs if they meet the eligibility criteria. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops; however,  paper applications will be provided.

Open to all students at the university.


Resources by Category

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Resources to identify safe and nutritious food.

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Housing & Utilities

Resources to help maintain safe and stable housing and utilities.

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Financial Assistance

Resources to help with immediate and long-term needs, such as emergencies and employment.

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Resources to identify medical, dental, or mental health treatment, including resources for securing health insurance and finding care providers.

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Resources to assist with accessing childcare.

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Resources to assist with transportation options in order to access vital services such as health care, social and nutritional services, jobs, as well as family and friends and stores.


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Information regarding community resources is also available through United Way’s 211 Program.

To apply for SNAP, cash, or medical assistance from the Illinois Department of Human Services, you may access the application through Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE).

More resources lists are also available from the University YMCA and the School of Social Work.


If you have any questions about accessing resources on campus or in the Champaign-Urbana community, please contact:

Campus Benefits Navigator

  • Abisola F. Smith, M.S. Psychological Science
    Assistant Director for Basic Needs Coordination
  • Phone: 217-333-0050
  • Email:

HOUSE Liaison

  • Abisola F. Smith, M.S. Psychological Science
    Assistant Director for Basic Needs Coordination
  • Phone: 217-333-0050
  • Email: