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CEP is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible​ students in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) for schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.​

 Application Process

School Year 2019-20 Application:

The CEP Application period is April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019, thus has ended for SY 2019-20. If you are a new sponsor, you may apply for CEP. Please contact Roxanne Ramage (rramage@isbe.net) at (800) 545-7892. 

School Year 2020-21 Application:

The CEP application period is April 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020. The Online CEP Evaluation and Application Module will be available to all sponsors as of April 1, 2020, via WINS.

Step One of the CEP application process is to secure the April 1, 2020, enrollment file ensuring that all NSLP/SBP students are included on the April 1, 2020, enrollment file in the template format below. ISBE team members are available for technical assistance if needed. Contact us at cnp@isbe.net or (800) 545-7892.

  • Quick Reference GuidePDF Document
  • Sample Template File​CSV Document
    • Only CSV file extension is supported
    • First Name is required (Cannot exceed 30 characters)
    • Middle Name is not required (Cannot exceed 30 characters)
    • Last Name is required (Cannot exceed 30 characters)
    • Birth date is required (Cannot be a future date)
    • Gender is required (Must be M or F)
    • ISBE WINS Site number is required 
    • Student Id is not required

For any school electing CEP for the first time, it is highly recommended that you complete the CEP evaluation worksheets below to ensure that election to CEP is financially feasible for your school/district.​​

 Evaluation Worksheets

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