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Department of Human Services, but at a minimum shall include
income information reported on a college student's Free
Application for Federal Student Aid. ISAC, in consultation with
the Department of Human Services, shall develop a notice that
ISAC shall make available electronically to institutions of
higher education that includes, at a minimum, college student
SNAP eligibility criteria, the Application for Benefits
Eligibility's website address, and the Illinois Hunger
Coalition's Hunger Hotline.
(2) Illinois institutions of higher education that
participate in the Monetary Award Program shall provide the
notice described in paragraph (1) in writing to all students
who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment and are identified
by ISAC as potentially SNAP eligible and, if possible, may
designate a public benefits liaison or single point person to
assist students in taking the necessary steps to obtain public
benefits if eligible.
(3) ISAC shall adopt any rules necessary to implement the
provisions of this subsection (a) on or before October 1, 2017.
(b) For the purposes of Section 273.5(b)(11)(ii) of Title 7
of the Code of Federal Regulations, an educational program
offered at a community college under the Carl D. Perkins Career
and Technical Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Public Law
109-270) that could be a component of a SNAP Employment and
Training (E&T) program, as identified by the Department of
Human Services, shall be considered an employment and training
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program under Section 273.7 of Title 7 of the Code of Federal
Regulations, unless prohibited by federal law.
(c) The Department of Human Services, in consultation with
representatives of the Illinois Community College Board, ISAC,
the Illinois Workforce Investment Board, and advocates for
students and SNAP recipients, shall establish a protocol to
identify and verify all potential exemptions to the eligibility
rule described in Section 273.5(a) of Title 7 of the Code of
Federal Regulations, and to identify and verify a student's
participation in educational programs, including, but not
limited to, self-initiated placements, that would exempt a
student from the eligibility rule described in Section 273.5(a)
of Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations. To the extent
possible, this consultation shall take place through existing
workgroups convened by the Department of Human Services.
(d) If the United States Department of Agriculture requires
federal approval of the exemption designation established
pursuant to subsection (b) and the protocol established
pursuant to subsection (c), the Department of Human Services
shall seek and obtain that approval before publishing the
guidance or regulation required by subsection (f).
(e)(1) This Section does not require the Department of
Human Services to offer a particular component, support
services, or workers' compensation to a college student found
eligible for an exemption pursuant to this Section.
(2) This Section does not restrict or require the use of
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federal funds for the financing of SNAP E&T programs.
(3) This Section does not require an institution of higher
education to verify eligibility for SNAP.
(f) The Department of Human Services shall adopt any rules
necessary to implement the provisions of subsections (b), (c),
(d), and (e) on or before October 1, 2017.
This Act takes effect upon