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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 2021-22 Application:

The CEP application period is April 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2021. The Online CEP Evaluation and Application Module is now available to all sponsors, via WINS.

Based on flexibility from the U.S. Department of AgriculturePDF Document, here are the updated dates for SY 21-22 CEP applications. 
CEP Requirement Annual Deadline Waiver Deadline
Data Used to Calculate ISP April 1 Anytime between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021
LEA Notification April 15 June 30, 2021
State Agency Notification April 15 June 30, 2021
State Agency Publication May 1 June 30, 2021
Elect CEP for SY 2021-22 June 30 Sept. 30, 2021

Step One of the CEP application process is to secure an enrollment file, ensuring that all NSLP/SBP students are included 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


 Outreach Data


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