Illinois Tax Scholarship Information

Scholarship Program Information

On August 31, 2017 the Illinois Legislature approved the Invest in Kids Act, which created an income based tax scholarship program to allow low income students more choices in education. These K-12 scholarships are based on financial need, not how well a child does in school. With this new legislation, families are able to choose to enroll in a non-public (private) school with scholarship money available for tuition and necessary fees starting on January 24, 2018. **UPDATE  January 12: Empower Illinois has announced that the application process now begins on Wednesday, January 31 at 12 Noon.   Please check for more information**

This program will be funded completely by donors who wish to help low income families have a choice in education.  If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing so!  Since Individuals will be able to direct their donations to a school or group of schools, you can help ensure that families have access to a great Catholic education.


The program information listed below is updated often.  Please check back often.

Program Overview


Empower Illinois website – click logo


Parent Information:

Information for Parents Seeking a Scholarship

Eligibility Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions – Parents

List of Eligible Fees 

Application Instructions (taken from Empower Illinois)


Donor Information:

Illinois Department of Revenue Website to Reserve Your Tax Credit

Information for Donors

Frequently Asked Questions – Donors Instructions


Información en español:

Información del programa

Información para padres

Instrucciones de solicitud (tomadas de Empower Illinois)

Información para donantes



Enrollment Verification Form



Contact Elizabeth Heitkamp at or 815-399-4300.


Last Update: January 15, 2018