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Why Participate in the TCS Program

Empower Illinois is the state’s largest and most comprehensive SGO. While we serve approximately 91% of all Illinois recognized private schools in their processing of donations, scholarship awards and program compliance, we also assist students and their families through the scholarship process in an effort to help make their dreams a reality.

By joining our program, donors will be able to designate funds directly to your school or school network while Empower Illinois will handle the processing and distribute the scholarship funds. Participating schools will have access to a personalized portal with student, donor and program data. Contact us at 800-616-7606 or [email protected] for more information.

The Tax Credit Scholarship Process

  • Invest in Kids Act

    The Invest in Kids Tax Credit Scholarship Program offers a 75 percent income tax credit.

  • Donors

    Individuals and businesses that contribute to qualified Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs).

  • Scholarship Granting Organization

    The SGOs then provide scholarships for students whose families meet the income requirements.

  • Students

    Students can attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois.

Is Your School Eligible?

In order to be eligible to offer scholarships to students, schools must first be recognized or in the process of becoming recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. View the list of currently recognized schools and learn more about the process for becoming a recognized school.

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Join Our Coalition

Empower Illinois is proud to partner with organizations across Illinois and nationally to expand education options for low-income and working-class kids. Are you interested in becoming a tax credit scholarship champion, or is your organization interested in joining our coalition?

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Remote Learning Resources

In addition to any resources provided by your school or classroom teacher, below is a list of free, online academic resources to support education opportunities as Illinois schools are temporarily closed.

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