Tax Credit Scholarships
1) What is a tax credit scholarship?
A tax credit scholarship is a scholarship given to a student that is funded by a tax payer’s donation. Donors and families will work with a non-profit Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) to donate and apply. The video below is a starting point for understanding what a tax credit scholarship is.
2) Who is eligible?
This year, students will be eligible for scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year if their household earns less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level (that’s $73,800 for a household of four.)
Scholarships will be awarded on a sliding scale and it will depend on how much a family earns. The table illustrates how much an eligible family would pay if they received a tax credit scholarship for a school with tuition and fees of $5,000 a year.
3) When and how can my family apply?
Families must submit an application directly to an SGO. Each SGO will establish its own application process. There will likely be several SGOs operating in the state.
SGOs may begin accepting applications and grant scholarships as soon as they are approved as an SGO (SGOs can begin applying for their status on December 1st) and the application process will stay open as long as SGOs have available scholarship funds.
The Illinois Department of Revenue recently released a bulletin with details about the program which may answer some of your questions.
As we learn more about the program, we will continue to provide more information.
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