Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program

  • Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program through the “Invest in Kids” Act provides strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students may use these new scholarships to attend Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School. 

    Donating to a Tax Credit Scholarship

    In 2021, more than 2,000 students were awarded scholarships. Many more students could benefit from your generosity. Your gift through a tax credit scholarship provides an opportunity to attend Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School. 

    Consider applying for your tax credit today. To review the process, click here.

    Empower Illinois


    Big Shoulders Fund


    For general information about the tax credit scholarship program and donations, contact the Archdiocese of Chicago at 312.534.2617 or

    Triple Your Impact Opportunity

    To help donations have even more impact in 2022/23, several donors have agreed to pool their resources and offer a 2-for-1 matching gift program to the more than160 schools run by the Archdiocese of Chicago. This means for every dollar designated to a qualifying school through the Empower Illinois scholarship granting organization,  the school will receive two dollars in matching funds. The donations are capped at $50,000 per school. 

    The program will end when all matching funds have been depleted. New donors who would like to receive the tax credit for their 2021 taxes should begin the process prior to Dec. 15, 2021 to ensure that they have enough time to make their gift by Dec.31, 2021.

    Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship

    Applications for the 2022/23 school year will open in mid-January. For more information on applying, including frequently asked questions and scholarship eligibility, click here.