January 5, 2023
Tax Credit Scholarships
Students in K-8th grade in the 2023-2024 School Year
All families w/children in these grades must apply

The State of Illinois has created a scholarship program (Tax Credit Scholarship) to support families choosing to send their children to private schools. This scholarship is awarded on a first-come, first serve basis and is granted based upon financial need.

This program has been a blessing for SCSL School! A good number of our families have been awarded scholarships over the years and have received up to a full year in tuition.

The scholarships must be applied for each year - if your family received one for this school year, you will need to apply again for 2023-2024. They do not automatically renew. And if you applied last year and didn't receive one - keep trying...2023 may be your lucky year!

Applying for the TAX CREDIT scholarship is a mandatory requirement for our families.
This is a unique scholarship and is separate from financial aid awarded through FACTS and SCSL School and other various scholarships.

SCSL School will not be able to award financial aid in March through FACTS if families have not first applied for the Tax Credit Scholarship.

We are working with two scholarship granting organizations: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund SGO. Please complete the application through both organizations.

Big Shoulders Fund: January 12, 2023 @8:00am
Empower Illinois: January 18, 2023 @6:30pm

You've got this, Wildcat Families!

Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship application is a two-step process.

Submit your online application as soon as the application opens at 8:00AM as scholarships are awarded in the order they are received.

Once part one is completed, Big Shoulders Fund will reach out via email requesting a limited number of applicants to complete step two of the process by submitting and uploading verification documentation.

Check out the Application Sneak Peek here:

Use this Application Cheat Sheet to write down required items for the Live Application:

Learn more and apply at www.bigshouldersfundsgo.org

 Empower Illinois

Empower Illinois' tax credit scholarship application will also be a two part process.

Part one of the application is the reservation, which reserves a family's place in line for a scholarship and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation form will be available at 6:30PM and will have two pages to be completed.

Once part one is completed, you will be notified by email when part two of the application opens. You should submit your application as soon as possible for the best chance at receiving a scholarship.

Please use the following link: https://empowerillinois.org/apply/how-do-i-apply/