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Children's Tuition Fund contributions give children access to the best educations, and get you a big credit off your tax bill.

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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 $100 million for scholarships through tax-credit contributions. This legislation allows a path 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!

Do you pay income tax in Illinois?

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!

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Is your student eligible?

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.

How to Apply

Illinois applications are now closed for the 2018-2019 school year.


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