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Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship

Who is eligible to apply for an Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship?

Per the law you are eligible to apply for a tax credit scholarship if you meet the income and residence requirements. 

  • Your household income is under 300% of the Federal Poverty level
  • If you were awarded a tax credit scholarship in 2019/2020, your income is 400% or less of the Federal Poverty level.
  • If your student is a foster child, their individual household income will default to zero
  • You must be a current resident of Illinois
  • You must be applying to attend a school in Illinois
  • Students must be entering Grades K-12 for the 2021-22 school year
  • You do not need to be currently enrolled at the school you list on the application to receive a scholarship

How much of a scholarship am I eligible for?
How much of a scholarship am I eligible for?

Please note:  Mount Carmels’ awards include full tuition, registration fee, and a credit toward uniforms and books.

How/Where do I apply?
There are 2 SGO’s (Scholarship Granting Organizations) that distribute the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships for Mount Carmel, Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. Families need to apply on-line to each organization on the following dates

  • Big Shoulders – January 12, 2021 https://www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org/apply.    We highly encourage you to apply as soon as the process opens at 8am.  Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.

  • Empower Illinois - January 13, 2021 (Reservation Only) https://empowerillinois.org/apply/  The application process opens at 6:30pm.  We highly encourage you to apply as soon as the process opens.  Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received.  Submission of reservation by 6:30pm, application opens at 7pm.     
What documents do I need in order to apply?

  • 2019 or 2020Federal 1040
  • If you don’t file a tax return you will need all of the following: All W-2s -1099’s, SNAP or SSI benefits - Any additional income received
Proof of residency 
  • Driver’s license or State ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Lease/deed
  • If address matches on your Federal Tax Return, you may use your tax return

How are tax credit scholarships awarded?

State law requires the awarding of tax credit scholarships to eligible applicants who verify their income and residence, on a first come, first serve basis. Each application receives a date-time stamp (in military time such as: 2019-01-22 08:01:58:000) and scholarships are awarded in order, based on the funding available for the program and your school of choice.
Please note:   If you were awarded a tax credit scholarship previously, you still need to apply for 2021/22 school year.  The tax credit scholarship is not guaranteed and does not rollover.

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    Mr. Jeff Stur 

    Director of Enrollment Marketing and Management
    (773) 359-0461
  • Photo of Phil Segroves

    Mr. Phil Segroves 

    Director of Student Enrollment, Head Varsity Basketball Coach
    (773) 359-0481
  • Photo of Jennifer Auguste

    Mrs. Jennifer Auguste 

    Assistant Admissions Director
    (773) 359-0516
  • Photo of Milka Kattan

    Ms Milka Kattan 

    Director Human Resources and Tuition Management
    (773) 359-0487
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    Ms. Deirdre Murrihy 

    Executive Assistant to President
    (773) 359-0514


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