Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Information

The State of Illinois has created a new way to fund scholarships for children who choose to attend Catholic schools through the “Invest in Kids Act.” Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible charges for next school year at Joliet Catholic Academy. 

 The Empower Illinois Scholarship Granting Organization website ( is now operational and will accept applications January 31, 2018. These dates are subject to change. 

In August, with bipartisan support, the Illinois House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill which was signed into law by the Governor. In the weeks since, more and more details are emerging. The bill includes a new five-year program for Tax Credit Scholarships (TCS) for students in private schools that will create more equity in school funding throughout Illinois.  Below is a FAQ with information to date. 

Visit for up-to-date details, or contact JCA Director of Admissions Mr. Ryan Quigley at or 815.741.0500, ext. 214.

Additional Links:

Apply for Tax Credit Scholarship

Tax Credit Scholarship Program FAQs

Donor Brochure

Donor Registration Instructions

Parent Brochure

Program Overview

Application Checklist and Details

Application Checklist and Details – Spanish

Illinois Department of Revenue Invest in Kids Act

How do I know if my family is financially eligible? Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

  • 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 $12,973 toward JCA tuition 186% – 250% of poverty level qualifies for $9,729.75 toward JCA tuition 251% – 300% of poverty level qualifies for $6,486.50 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
8 $76,442 $76,443-$103,300 $103,301-$123,960

*Note: If more than eight people in your household, add $4,180 for each additional person.

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