Applying for an Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

Application process: You will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the school directly. There will likely be several SGOs. Families are free to apply for scholarships through multiple SGOs.  Baker has chosen Empower Illinois as our our preferred SGO. Empower Illinois has announced February 27th as the date to begin the application process. Empowerillinois.org

The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at www.empowerillinois.org.  School families are free to apply for scholarships through multiple SGOs, and given how funds will be distributed, it is beneficial to apply through multiple SGOs. The Empower Illinois application process opens in February 2020.

What you need to apply: The SGOs should be publishing a list of all of the necessary documents families will need to apply for a tax credit scholarship on their websites. In the meantime, based on what we know today, we believe families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:

  • 2017 tax return
  • Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or state ID)
  • Birth certificate or passport for student

Application deadline: The Empower Illinois application system opens on January 27, 2020.  Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis as determined by Empower Illinois. It is very important that when the application process opens, you apply early.

How to qualify: Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income. For example, a student could receive a scholarship if his/her family income is less than $73,800 a year for a family of four. Find out more at https://empowerillinois.org/students/

Scholarships may not exceed $12,973, the 2019/20 statewide average public school cost for K-8 students.