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INVEST IN KIDS ACT – ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP TAX CREDIT PROGRAM

posted Jan 22, 2018, 7:46 AM by Gary Clayton

These scholarships are available to K-12 students and are based on financial need.  With this new legislation, families are able to choose to enroll in a non-public (private/parochial) school with scholarship money available for tuition and necessary fees.   Families wishing to apply for scholarships can begin doing so on January 31, 2018.  Applications will be processed through empowerillinois.org.  To be considered for a 2018-2019 scholarship, K-12 students must come from a household with income below 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($73,800 for a family of four). Prior to April 1, priority will be given to students from households below 185 percent of the federal poverty level ($45,510 for a family of four) or students who reside in a “focus district” (low-performing public schools.)


The following is a checklist of documents you will need:

  • A copy of your family’s 2016 federal tax return. If the family did not file a 2016 tax return, please contact us at info@empowerillinois.org

  • Proof of Illinois residency, such as: Current utility bill, Current driver license

  • Documentation of the student’s age, such as: A copy of the student’s birth certificate, Federal or State ID,  or a  passport

  • If available, a letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible, participating, non-public school.


For more information on applying for Invest in Kids scholarships, consult:

https://empowerillinois.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Tax_Credit_Scholarship_Program_Apply-121817.pdf


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