Students looking for private insurance options can now find a wide variety of plans available through the Affordable Care Act. Find more information and resources on a variety of health issues below:
Health Insurance Marketplace - Learn about the Marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act, and sign up for Insurance
Find a Health Center- Department of Health and Human Services Health Centers care for you, even if you don't have health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.
Health Finder - Find information on health topics A-Z or find Health providers near you.
Talking to Your Doctor - Tips from the National Institute of Health on how to play an active role in your health care.
Health Information Lines
AIDS/HIV Treatment, Prevention and Research - 800-HIV-0440
Allergy and Infectious Diseases - 866-284-4107
Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - 877-22-NIAMS
Cancer - 800-4-CANCER
Diabetes - 888-693-NDEP
Eye Diseases - 301-496-5248
Genetic and Rare Diseases - 888-205-2311
Heart, Lung, and Blood - 301-592-8573
Kidney Disease - 866-454-3639
Neurological Disorders - 800-352-9424
Oral Health - 866-232-4528
Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - 800-624-BONE
Smoking Cessation - 877-44U-QUIT
Stroke - 800-352-9424
Weight Control - 877-946-4627
Mental Health & Counseling
Students seeking counseling referrals for licensed mental health professionals should contact the Office of Student Life at 888.658.8632 x3092. The cost of counseling outside the university is incurred by the student.
Mental Health Resources
Mental Health America - For a referral to specific mental health service or support program in your community - 800-969-NMHA (6642)
National Alliance on Mental Illness - Provides support, information, and referralsâ€¨ - 800-950-NAMI (6264)
National Mental Health & Support Hotlines
National Child Abuse Hotline - 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance - 800-826-3632
GLBT National Hotline - 888-843-4564
Hopeline Suicide Prevention - 800-442-HOPE (4673)
National Center for Victims of Crime - 800-FYI-CALL (394-2255) (multi-language service available)
National Drug and Alcohol Treatment Hotline - 800-662-HELP (4357)
National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Planned Parenthood - 800-230-PLAN (7526)
National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800-273-TALK (8255)
The Office of Student Life provides referrals to outside social service agencies for students who need assistance with Food, Shelter or other basic needs. Please call 312-261-3092 for more information.
Chicago Area Resources
Application for Benefits Eligibility - Apply for Food Assistance (SNAP), Cash Assistance (TANF), and Medical Assistance
Direct to Food - This online resource will help you locate the food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs closest to you. Direct2Food will also help you determine if you are eligible for further assistance like food stamps and resources for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Direct to Housing - The only place you need to find the contact information, application process and eligibility criteria for Supportive Housing options in Metro Chicago.
City of Chicago Community Service Centers - DFSS’ six Community Service Centers are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, all of the centers are open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. City residents who need assistance can drop in or schedule an appointment in advance. They help individuals and families in need access a wide range of resources from shelter, food and clothing to domestic violence assistance, job training/placement and services for the formerly incarcerated. Clients can also get information about rental, utility and other financial assistance programs. The facilities serve as Warming and Cooling Centers during periods of extreme weather. Call 311 for more information.