Perkins Student Support Services

Perkins Student Support Services is designed to help students in Career and Technology programs successfully complete an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree or a short-term Certificate in their chosen field of study by removing emergency barriers to success.

 Perkins Services are available to students who are academically or economically disadvantaged.  This may include students who are:

  • Disabled
  • Displaced homemakers
  • Single parents
  • Students with limited English proficiency
  • Nontraditional students-a gender-based designation

A nontraditional student is one enrolled in a career program in which 25 percent or less of that career field's population is of the same gender as the student; such as a man in a nursing program or a woman in an automotive technology program.

Nontraditional students are designated and defined by federal government regulations. 

Students who feel they may qualify for Perkins Services may call Diane Vose, 217-641-4959, email, or stop by the Perkins office; D133 in the Paul Heath Center. 

 Support Services May Include:

  • Textbook Loans
  • Equipment Loans
  • Provision of Required Supplies
  • Tutoring
  • Referral Services

This program does not provide direct funds to students.  Nor does it provide reimbursements for services, supplies or materials previously purchased by the student.

 To be eligible for Perkins Student Support Services, a student must:

1.)    Be a Career and Technology major intending to enter the workplace immediately after completing an AAS degree or Short-Term Certificate program.

 2.)    Already receive one of the following types of need-based financial aid: Pell, MAP, WIA, DORS, or Public Assistance.

 3.)    Students receiving Perkins Support Services will need to remain in good academic standing and should be making forward progress.