WAG 21-06-07-a.

Information, referral, counseling services, and supportive services are provided to the client. Clients may be referred to testing, counseling, and educational resources at public community colleges, adult education centers, or state or local agencies, or to programs which sponsor such activities.

  1. Approval Criteria

    Assign clients who are determined in need of additional education to Basic Education. Approval is based upon the assessment that: 

    1. the client does not possess a high school diploma or a GED;
    2. the program will lead to unsubsidized employment. Consider the time required to complete, and the overall cost and quality of, the program;
    3. the client possesses the aptitude, ability, and interest needed for success in the particular education or training program (as determined by such factors as test results, educational background, and previous training);
    4. the program is administered by an educational institution accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, or the Department of Registration, or is Work Investment Act (WIA) funded; and
    5. the client will apply for any grants or scholarships identified by the educational facilities for which the client may be eligible.

      The required hours of participation in Basic Education as a single activity are 80 hours per month. Study time does not count toward hours of participation.

      As part of an Earnfare assignment, a client may be in Basic Education for less than 80 hours per month, as long as the total combination of hours (Earnfare and Basic Education or Vocational Training) equals the required 80 hours per month.

      Employed nonexempt clients may take part in programs to upgrade their employment potential. 

  2. Entry Into the Component

    Clients may be assigned to this component as part of their Employability Plan (EP): 

    • after assessment;
    • when registering with SNAP E & T if they are already in an acceptable Basic Education activity; or
    • while in another component.
  3. Component Requirements
    1. The client is required to attend classes as defined by the training or educational facility.
    2. Missing 3 days of classes in a 30 day period without good cause results in a sanction.
    3. Curriculum changes may only be made with the prior written approval of the Family Community Resource Center staff. Curriculum changes must be consistent with the written goals of the training program.
    4. The client must provide monthly proof of attendance and progress on the Monthly Activity Report.
  4. Contact With Clients

    Contact the client monthly if supportive service payments are issued. Provide supportive service payments for mandatory school fees, books and supplies, and transportation. Before payments are issued, determine if the client has applied for scholarships or grants and if benefits are being received. If benefits are being received, determine continued need for supportive services.

    Client contact consists of attendance reports, progress reports, group or individual sessions, telephone calls, on-site program visits, and written correspondence. 

  5. Payment of Allowable Expenses

    Approve payment for education expenses at the most reasonable charge and only for the amount specified in an approved plan. Education expenses for which payment may be provided are: 

    1. Mandatory Fees

      Mandatory fees include application, registration, activities, lab, and/or graduation fees. Allow payment for mandatory fees, up to a maximum of $300 in a 12-month period. Mandatory fees also include the fee required to take the GED test. Do not pay tuition. 

    2. Books and Supplies

      This includes required books, supplies, and equipment. These items must be purchased according to the facility's published list of items required for the particular course or curriculum in which the client is enrolled. Pay a maximum of $300 per 12-month period, at the beginning of the 12-month period or as needed during the year. 

    3. Transportation

      Provide payment for transportation expenses. Proof of attendance in an educational program is required.

      Make payment for transportation at the most reasonable cost. If the client's own vehicle is the most economical means of transportation, the rate of 15¢ per mile may be approved. The amount approved includes all vehicle-related expenses. Do not make an additional payment for vehicle expenses. 

    4. Student Aid Benefits

      Consider scholarships and other educational assistance programs available resources to meet the client's expenses for education or training.

      Provide information about various student aid benefits to clients. Clients must apply for any grants or scholarships identified by the educational facilities for which the client may be eligible.

      Only if student aid is not sufficient to meet the client's allowable education expenses for the academic term, can it be supplemented by the Department. If the expected aid amount exceeds any education expenses, do not approve a supplement.

      When available student aid is not used to pay allowable education expenses (tuition and fees), it is considered available to meet other educational needs. 

  6. No Slots Available

    Clients may be required to take part in another activity while waiting for a suitable Basic Education slot to open.