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Empower Illinois Scholarship Application Opens Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to announce the Empower Illinois scholarship application system will open on Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. Our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.

The new application will be available through the Empower Illinois website. It will be a two-step process.

  1. Reserve: On Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. families will complete a brief online form containing name and contact information, child name and preferred school. This will time stamp your application for the first-come, first-served scholarships.
  2. Apply: After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the application. Applications will be sent on a rolling basis, over the course of a few weeks. After receiving the application email, families will have 3 days to complete the application and submit all required documents.

Our goal with this two-step process is to make it easier for families and provide more time to ensure your application is accurate and complete.

We understand that as parents and guardians, your life is busy. That’s why the reservation system will be accessible from mobile devices as well. Everything you will need for the reservation step should be top of mind. Once you get your application link, please use a computer to submit the required documents and finish the application accurately, without rushing.

If a student has already received a scholarship award letter, they do not need to reserve or apply. However, all other students should reserve and apply through this system beginning Feb. 27, regardless of how far you may have gotten through our old application.

More information, including helpful documents, FAQs and instructions, can be found on our website.

We know your children only get one chance at a great education. We are grateful for your patience and trust as we work to improve access to quality education for every child, in every neighborhood.

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Empower Illinois scholarship Applications

Thank you to all for your patience as we work through the issues with our scholarship application. Numerous technology upgrades and contingency systems are in development to ensure a successful relaunch. This is a delay only and does not impact the availability of tax credit scholarships from us or other SGOs statewide.

We do not yet have a date for when the application will be available but we will provide you with at least one week notice.

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Empower Illinois scholarship Applications

Empower Illinois scholarship applications will be available through EmpowerIllinois.org. The application is online only and will be available in English and Spanish. We recommend applying with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer.

Watch the video on our website for more information about how to apply.

If you have questions about submitting your application, please call the scholarship hotline at (855) 318-1222.

Application Checklist

Are you ready to apply? Here’s what you’ll need.

Proof of income, such as the first two pages of your 1040.

Proof of Illinois residency, such as a copy of a residential lease in the parent/guardian's name.

Documentation of the student’s age (ONLY IF student is entering kindergarten or first grade), such as a copy of the student’s birth certificate.

You do not need to submit an enrollment or acceptance letter from the private school you wish to attend but it will be required before any scholarships funds are distributed.

Click here for more information, step-by-step instructions and a full list of other acceptable documents needed to apply.

Application Workshops

If you need help applying, there will be various scholarship application support events across the state this week, beginning today. Help will be available in English and Spanish, though space is limited. These application events are optional. Families may complete the applications on their own. If attending a scholarship application workshop, be sure to bring copies of all required documents.

Event details will be posted on EmpowerIllinois.org as they are available.