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Reservations for a 2021-2022 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship will open on January 13 at 6:30 pm. 

Like last year, the application process will include two steps: a reservation and an application.

Families should visit Empowerillinois.org to find the reservation page link. Families do not make their tax credit scholarship reservations by logging into their EmpowerXChange portal. 

The reservation form will be available at 6:30 pm
 to give families time to enter their information before submission at 7 pm. More information about preparing for reservation night can be found on our website under, "How Do I Apply."

Families who have previously completed a tax credit scholarship application through the EmpowerXChange portal should use 
the same email address when making their reservation. 

2021-2022 Application

The 2021-2022 scholarship application will be available on Friday, January 15. Families who have completed their reservation by noon on Thursday, January 14 will receive an email from Empower Illinois on Friday morning notifying them the application is live. If families complete their reservation after 12 pm 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. 

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Empower Illinois

200 N LaSalle

Suite 2310

Chicago, Illinois 60601

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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.

Para ver el video de la aplicación en español, haga clic aquí.

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.

View Application Instructions Here


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.