Questions and Answers for Families Applying for Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships
What is the IL Tax Credit Scholarship Program?
The State of Illinois recently passed the Invest in Kids Act to help provide families funding to attend the school of their choice. Scholarships offered through this program may cover a significant amount of tuition for next school year.
Who qualifies for the Tax Credit Scholarship?
Students from low-income families are eligible to receive an IL Tax Credit Scholarship.
From January 31, 2018, through April 2018 priority will be given to students who:
- whose family’s income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level
- whose families reside in a focus district. (https://www.isbe.net/documents/sos-focus-schools-fy16.pdf)
After April 1, 2018, other qualifying students will be considered for scholarships up to 300% of Federal Poverty Level. The Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) will make these determinations.
What is an SGO?
An SGO is a Scholarship Granting Organization approved by the State of Illinois to accept donations and distribute scholarships set up on the Invest in Kids Act. The SGO that Providence Catholic will be using is Empower Illinois www.empowerillinois.org
Federal Poverty Level Chart
What steps do I need to take to participate in this program?
Families can apply starting January 31, 2018, through the SGO of choice, Empower Illinois https://empowerillinois.org/students/. Families will be notified of their scholarship application status by Empower Illinois. Award notifications will be sent to families beginning in February until the funds are fully distributed. Funds will be for the 2018-19 school year and will be sent directly to the school.
The school admission process is separate from the IL Tax Credit Scholarship process. An IL Tax Credit Scholarship does not guarantee admission.
Providence Catholic continues to offer scholarships funded through the school and the Catholic Education Foundation for the Diocese of Joliet. This is a separate application process for families https://www.providencecatholic.org/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships/.
Since this is a new program for the State of Illinois, the Diocese of Joliet will continue to update its website www.weteachmore.org as new information is released.
Benefactors interested in learning more about how they can receive an IL State Tax Credit read more here