Empower School Choice in Illinois
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Improve a Child's Chance for Success

The government mandates that every child should be educated, but it remains the parents' right to choose the best options for their children. Practically, though, this has been true only for the well-to-do who can move to a neighborhood with a great school or pay private school tuition. Now, however, the people's representatives have created a clear path for change!

In August, 2017, the Illinois Legislature passed the Invest in Kids Act as part of a budget package and allocated $75 million for scholarships through tax-credit contributions. This legislation funds scholarships for qualifying low-income students to attend the nonpublic school of their choice. The Children's Tuition Fund of Illinois (CTF IL) is officially authorized to serve students, schools, and contributors as a Scholarship Granting Organization and can start accepting contributions on January 2, 2018. Your contribution will change a child's life!


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Do you pay income tax in Illinois? Become a Contributor!
Become a CTF IL contributor and reduce your tax liability. See a contribution example. Contributors to this scholarship program receive 75% of their contribution as a state tax credit. Give the gift of educational opportunity! Learn how.
The Illinois Department of Revenue provides information about this program. Please register at MyTax.Illinois.gov.
Information for Parents
Scholarship amounts vary according to family income.  Refer to this chart which shows income levels by family size and the corresponding scholarship amounts available. These guidelines will serve as a pre-qualification when applications open on January 22.
Please note—Applying for this scholarship is a separate process from applying to a private school.
Information for Schools
School leaders, please feel free to distribute CTF of Illinois flyer to your parents to help generate interest in this great scholarship program.
The Illinois Department of Revenue provides information about this program.