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Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships – Application Deadlines Coming Next Week

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” K-12 students in Illinois with limited financial resources and income up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, are eligible to receive tax-credit scholarships. Returning tax-credit scholarship recipients (those who received tax-credit scholarships for the 2019-20 school year) can make up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees.

For the 2020-2021 school year, the federal poverty guidelines are:

THE ILLINOIS TAX CREDIT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program allows individuals and corporations to donate to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) and receive a credit on their Illinois state taxes in return. An SGO is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue, whose primary aim is to give scholarships to qualifying students.

The SGOs that the Archdiocese of Chicago has recommended our families and benefactors work with are Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois. The Big Shoulders Fund website is https://bigshouldersfund.org/ and the Empower Illinois website is https://empowerillinois.org/. Through these websites, families, and donors can get important information on taking advantage of this opportunity.

Saint Viator High School

Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.