Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” tax credit scholarships are available to Illinois children, in grades K-12, from low-income households who want to attend private schools. This program started during the 2018/19 school year and many families are benefiting. The scholarships are funded by donors who receive a 75 percent credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation. The scholarships offered through the program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for one year and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis.
If you received a tax credit scholarship this year, you must reapply for a tax credit scholarship for next year. There is no priority given to students who have previously received this scholarship – so it is important to mark your calendars!
Information/Materials You Need to Apply
You need proof of Illinois residency and your adjusted gross income to apply for tax credit scholarships. Choose your most recent household and income documents from the same year to use throughout your application.
Proof of Illinois Residence (one of the following for the household):
- Illinois driver’s license with current address
- Illinois identification card (issued by the Secretary of State) with current address
- Utility bill with name and current address
- Statement of benefits from WIC or SNAP with name and current address
- W-2 or 1099 with name and current address
- Residential lease (current address) in the parent’s name
- Federal Form 1040 with name and current address
Adjusted Gross Income (one of the following for the household):
- Federal tax return pages 1 and 2**
- Year-end pay stub
- Letter, on company letterhead, from employer(s) indicating cash wages paid.
**If your federal tax return is not available to you and you receive WIC or SNAP benefits, you may submit your statement of WIC and SNAP benefits.
Valid Email Address (e.g. Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, etc.)