Here is an overview of the the newly formed tax credit scholarship program:
  • Starting in January 2018, Illinois will offers tax credits to individuals and businesses for donations to scholarship-granting organizations (SGOs), nonprofits that provide private school scholarships to low- and middle-income students.

  • Illinois Invest in Kids Act is a five year program.

  • Available for students entering kindergarten through 8th grade. (not eligible for preschool students)

  • Eligible students can receive scholarships worth 100%, 75%, or 50% of tuition and fees.

  • Parents apply to these independent SGOs.

  • SGOs determine whether students meet the eligibility requirements and then distribute to eligible students on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE basis.

Here is the link for eligibility requirements.
 
There are two scholarship granting organizations that the Archdiocese of Chicago has endorsed. 
  1. Empower Illinois
    1. Application start date for EI is January 31st at Noon
    2. empowerillinois.org 
  2. Big Shoulders Fund SGO 
    1. Application start date for BSF is January 22nd at 8am
    2. https://www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org/ 
In order to apply, the following documents are needed to be copied and submitted in PDF format (we will be offering times to come to the school office to scan documents): 
  • Proof of Income (for example: 2016 federal tax return)

  • Proof of Residency (for example: Illinois Driver's License)

  • Documentation of Student’s Age (for example: Birth Certificate)

  • Letter of Enrollment or Acceptance at Our Lady of Charity (we will provide this with registration packets for the 2018-2019 academic year)