Tax Credit Scholarship Program

New for 2018-2019
Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Joliet Catholic Academy is pleased to share the news that the Illinois State Legislature has approved a new tax credit scholarship program. Here is what you need to know:

Current and Incoming families can receive
$6,140 – $12,280 in a tuition scholarship
(paid directly to Joliet Catholic Academy)

Who qualifies?

  • A student qualifies if his or her family earns 300% of the federal poverty level or less (in other words, a family of 4 earning $73,800 or less for the 2017 tax year). See reverse for details.
  • Incoming freshmen must take the Entrance Exam at Joliet Catholic Academy on December 2, 2017 and qualify for admission. Current students must be students in good standing.
  • Families must complete the online application beginning January 1, 2018. Details and a link to the application will be found at and as soon as they are available.
  • Families must authorize the Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), operated by the Illinois Department of Revenue, access to information needed for income eligibility determination.

What should you know?

  • Monies will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. It’s important to gather financial materials/tax and income forms in advance to be ready as soon as the application opens.
  • The total amount of money to be distributed will be based on corporate and individual donations received by the SGO.
  • From January 1 to April 1, priority will be given to students from each of the following categories:
    • Students who are members of a household whose 2017 total annual income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level (in other words, a household income of not more than $45,510 for a family of four).
    • Students who reside within a poorly performing school district.  
  • After April 1, all other qualifying students will be eligible to receive scholarships.
  • Once the SGO begins reviewing a scholarship application, it has 10 business days to decide whether to grant a student a scholarship.
  • Moving forward, priority will be granted to students already receiving a Tax Credit Scholarship and their siblings so it is important to apply in Year One.
  • Families in this income bracket are required to apply for Tax Credit Scholarship monies before applying for Joliet Catholic Academy’s Leveraged Financial Aid Program via F.A.C.T.S.
  • Receipt of a Tax Credit Scholarship does not exclude a family from the possibility of receiving additional Joliet Catholic Academy need-based or merit-based scholarship (via the Heritage Award Program or Top Scorer Scholarships on the JCA Placement Exam).

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

How do I know if my family is financially eligible?

  • Use the following chart of estimated household incomes to see if you’re eligible. These estimates are based on the 2017 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Household Size

185% or less of poverty level qualifies for $12,280 toward JCA tuition 186% – 250% of poverty level qualifies for $9,210 toward JCA tuition 251% – 300% of poverty level qualifies for $6,140 toward JCA tuition
2 $30,044 $30,045 – $40,600 $40,601 – $48,720
3 $37,777 $37,778 – $51,050 $51,051 – $61,260
4 $45,510 $45,511 – $61,500 $61,501 – $73,800
5 $53,243 $53,244 – $71,950 $71,951 – $86,340
6 $60,976 $60,977 – $82,400 $82,401 – $98,880
7 $68,709 $68,710 – $92,850 $92, 851 – $111,420


Click Here to view the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship information in a printable PDF format.

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