Tax Credit Scholarships (TCS)
Illinois’ Tax Credit Scholarship Program transforms lives by providing up to $100,000,000 per year in K-12 scholarships to low-income and working-class children in Illinois who need them the most, as their educational options are limited by family income or ZIP Code. Tax credit scholarships are funded through private donations to scholarship granting organizations (SGOs), like Empower Illinois, who then administer the application and scholarship awarding process. Both individual and corporate donors to the scholarship program are eligible for a 75% State Tax Credit.
For low-income and working-class families without a connection to private schools, learning how these schools may best support their child and securing funds to pay for their child is not always easy. Designed to support students and families who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend private school, the RISE Scholarship Program provides students with up to $5,000 per school year, if they qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Participating schools work to promote the RISE Scholarship opportunity and select qualifying students. Scholarship funding is generously provided and designated by anonymous donors who believe in expanding private school options to new students.
United in Love (UIL) Scholarships
The Invest in Kids Act’s first-come, first-served provision allows new families to access Tax Credit Scholarships every year, leaving some previous scholarship recipients in need of additional assistance. Designed to support students who received a tax credit scholarship one year, but not the next, the United in Love Scholarship provides students with a scholarship equal to their qualifying tax credit scholarship. Scholarship funding is generously provided and designated by anonymous donors who seek to provide students with educational stability.