Students can apply beginning January 31, 2018.

The application process will take about 15-20 minutes. The following types of documents will be required for all Invest in Kids Scholarship applicants for an application packet to be considered received and ready for eligibility review and to place applicants in line on a first-come, first-served basis:


Application Checklist:

Do I Qualify Adjusted Gross Income*, such as ONE of the following, as indicated at the end of the application:

  • Choose a year and submit all household and income documents for that year (don’t mix household information from one year with income information from a different year)
    • Federal Tax Return, pages 1 & 2 (2016 or 2017)
    • W-2 (2016 or 2017)
    • 1099/s (2016 or 2017)
    • Year-end pay stub (2016 or 2017)
    • Letter, on letterhead, from employer/s indicating cash wages paid (2016 or 2017)

*The application will ask if you receive WIC or SNAP benefits.  If you do, and your federal tax return is not available to you, you may submit your statement of WIC or SNAP benefits.

Do I Qualify Proof of Illinois residency, such as ONE of the following for the residential parent/custodian:

  • Illinois driver’s license
  • Illinois identification card (issued by the Secretary of State)
  • Utility bill in the custodian’s name
  • Statement of benefits from WIC
  • Statement of benefits from SNAP
  • W-2
  • 1099
  • Residential lease in the parent/custodian’s name
Do I Qualify

Documentation of the student’s age (applicable to students entering kindergarten and first grade only), such as ONE of the following:

  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • Federal or State ID
  • A passport
Do I Qualify The following document is optional at the time of application, but will be required prior to the student receiving scholarship dollars:

  • Enrollment or acceptance letter from the private school the student will attend
    • The letter needs to:
      • Be on school letterhead
      • State the student’s name
      • Acknowledge the student will attend the school for the 2018-2019 school year


Required Documents

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