LINC provides a number of services to assist students as they transition to college
and work to complete their educational goals.
Academic/ Personal/ Career Counseling: students meet a minimum of three times per
semester with the LINC academic counselor to create an education plan, review their
progress, and receive individualized assistance with academic questions.
Counseling 200 Course: New students are encouraged to enroll in Success in College,
a counseling course for LINC students offered every Fall term. The course provides
interactive lessons and opportunities to gain insight on study habits, learning styles,
time management, as well as learn more about campus-based resources.
Priority Registration (if eligible): Students must provide a proof of dependency
letter noting they were in care over the age of 16 to be eligible for priority registration.
In collaboration with the Pritzker Family Foundation and John Burton Advocates for
Youth, LINC provides up to $200 of book support every semester for students in good
standing with the LINC program.
Lending Library: students in good standing with the program are eligible to borrow
up to two books per semester from the EOPS/CARE/LINC lending library.
TAP Card: Students are eligible to receive a 7-day TAP card each semester. Students
can also receive assistance in completing the Youth on the Move application as well
as the Metro LIFE application for additional transportation resources.
Parking Reimbursement: students who purchase a parking permit can submit their receipt
Educational and Social Events: students can participate in a wide variety of activities
throughout the semester ranging from life skills workshops to college visits and social
Workshops have included Budgeting Basics, Understanding Credit, Buying a Car, and
Emergency Assistance: Active LINC students can submit a request for emergency funding
for unexpected situations (e.g. car repair, housing needs, computer repair/replacement,
etc.). Students must submit a request via email along with any additional supporting
documents and speak with a LINC staff member. Emergency funds are typically up to
$350 and are limited to one time per term.
Food Assistance: Active LINC members can request emergency food vouchers and store
gift cards to assist with food insecurity.
Referrals to on-campus and off-campus resources (housing, employment, mental health
agencies, and food pantries)
College Materials: The program provides academic materials including notebooks, testing
materials, backpacks and other classroom essentials.