In August 2017, with bipartisan support, the State House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill that was signed into law by the governor. The law includes a provision for tax credit scholarships, which provide strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students from low-income families may use these new scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice.
This legislation represents a major step forward that will help create more equity in school funding throughout Illinois, and for the first time provide real school choice for students and their families.
The Archdiocese of Chicago has also provided more information here.
Please note: The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship process and Marist’s Financial Assistance process are separate, so please follow the Financial Assistance process in addition to applying for the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship.
Tax Credit Scholarship Power Point
Tax Credit Scholarship Parent Presentation Handout
Empower Illinois’ SGO: Their application opens January 15 at 6:30 p.m. The application can be found at www.empowerillinois.org
Big Shoulders Fund SGO: Their application opens January 14 at 8:00 a.m. The application can be found at www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org