"Invest in Kids Act"

Tax Credit Scholarships

Scholarship Information

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income families who choose to attend private schools, such as St. Walter Catholic School, will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for low income students in grades K-12 for the 2018/19 school year.

Scholarships are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so it is very important to apply early. Tax Credit Scholarships are need based and do not take academic performance into consideration. And, students already receiving scholarships from other school programs are still encouraged to apply for a tax credit scholarship.

Families of K-12 students can apply for tax credit scholarships

In order to qualify for tax credits, families must earn less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level (or $73,800 for a family of four). In the first months of the scholarships, priority will be given to students who are higher poverty or who reside in districts with “Focus” public schools. The bill includes a tiered system for scholarship awards, based upon the income of the family. More details can be found on the Empower Illinois’ website under Do I Qualify?

  1. A copy of your family’s 2016 federal tax return
  2. Proof of Illinois residency
  3. Documentation of the student’s age
  4. A letter of acceptance or enrollment from St. Walter Catholic School, if available

UPDATE: The application process has changed and will now be a 2 step process!

Step One: Register to reserve your family’s place in line

  • Go to EmpowerIllinois.org beginning Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 P.M. to start your application.
  • Complete the form with your name and contact information to timestamp your application. (Note: This step will determine your place in line for the first-come, first-served scholarships)
  • Also submit your home address, the names of your children, their dates of birth, and your preferred school.
  • Take note of your confirmation code after completing your reservation.


Step Two: Apply for the available scholarships

  • Wait to receive an email link to your unique application where you will complete it and upload all required documents.
  • You will have 3 days to complete your application once your link has been sent. Complete it at a time convenient for you and be sure all documents are provided.



* The St. Walter Catholic School admission process is separate from the scholarship process. A scholarship does not guarantee admittance.