Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children enrolled in private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year.
Tax credit scholarships: Students grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships in the 2021/2022 school year.
Application process: Applicants to the Scholarship Program are encouraged by Christian Life to apply to Empower Illinois. Their website is http://www.empowerillinois.org and they will begin accepting applications January 13, 2021.
Application Information: Christian Life has chosen to work with the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) Empower Illinois. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis starting January 13, 2021, so it is very important that you apply early. Please read this Application Checklist to prepare for the application process on January 13th.
Application Check List
- A copy of your family’s 2020 federal tax return
- Proof of Illinois residency, such as:
- Current driver license
- Current Utility Bill
- Documentation of the student’s age, such as:
- A copy of the student’s birth certificate
- Federal or State ID
- A Passport
How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, you could receive a tax credit scholarship if you make less than $73,800 a year as a family of four.
Scholarship amount: Your family could receive a scholarship that covers 50 to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year. Students who have defined special needs, are English Language Learners, or are classified as Gifted and Talented could receive a higher scholarship amount.
See the chart below that shows how much you could receive to cover tuition based on your income.