• Empower Illinois •
The 2022-2023 scholarship application will be available on Friday, January 14. Families who have completed their reservation by noon on Thursday, January 13 will receive an email from Empower Illinois on Friday morning notifying them the application is live. If families complete their reservation after 12pm on Thursday, they will receive their invitation to complete the application within one business day.
Application Previews and Guides
Each family only needs one reservation. Just make sure they list all children who are applying for a scholarship in the order in which they would like them to receive an award.
Use a unique email address. If the family applied last year, they should use the same email address.
Use a Google Chrome browser for the best connection.
The reservation will include a captcha, asking them to verify they are not a robot. The captcha will appear in the language set on the browser, so make sure they update their browser settings.
Complete the reservation on a reliable WiFi connection, rather than 3G/LTE data connections.
January 14: 2022-2023 Scholarship Application Opens
The 2022-2023 scholarship application will be available on Friday, January 14. Families who have completed their reservation by noon on Thursday, January 13 will receive an email from Empower Illinois on Friday morning notifying them the application is live. If families complete their reservation after noon on Thursday, they will receive their invitation to complete the application within 48 hours.
January 21: 2022-2023 School Participation Agreement
School Participation Agreements for the 2022-2023 school year must be completed by Friday, January 21, before award awarding begins. This form will ask for your school's standard tuition rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The amount on the SPA is used to reserve funds for scholarships. Please begin planning your tuition and fees for the upcoming school, so we can issue scholarships to your school if you have available funds. For step-by-step instructions on how to complete your school's SPA, click here.
January 24: Recommended Date to Complete Application
For the best chance at receiving a 2022-2023 tax credit scholarship, it is recommended that families complete their application by January 24, although the application will remain open until December 2022.
February 1: First 2022-2023 Award Issued
Empower Illinois will issue the first tax credit scholarship of the 2022-2023 school year by Tuesday, February 1. Awarding will continue throughout the year as funds become available.
Updated Helpline Hours
Please note our helplines will be open from 8am to 9pm tonight for reservation night and from 8am to 6pm throughout the month of January.
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If you have questions about submitting your application, please call the scholarship hotline at (855) 318-1222.
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.