Students from eligible families can apply to receive an Invest in Kids Act Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship. As a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), HighSight is approved to accept applications from students who reside in Cook County, Illinois - Region 1.
For 25 years, HighSight has been partnering with private high schools in the Chicago area. We anticipate that most of our Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship funding will be allocated to our high school partners. However, eligible applicants for any qualified non-public school in Cook County will be considered.
Before April 1, priority will be given to students on a first-come, first-serve basis who:
- are members of a household whose 2016 federal adjusted gross income did not exceed 185% of the poverty level; or
- are in a "focus district" as defined under the Invest in Kids Act.
On and after April 1, all qualifying students will be considered for scholarships on a first-come, first-serve basis from the opening of the application process. See the chart below for more details on household income requirements.
An eligible student is a member of a household whose 2016 federal adjusted gross income, as determined by the Illinois Department of Revenue, did not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level and, once the child receives a scholarship, does not exceed 400% of the federal poverty level.
2017 FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL CHART
Household members 185% FPL 250% FPL 300% FPL
1 $22,311 $30,150 $36,180
2 $30,044 $40,600 $48,720
3 $37,777 $51,050 $61,260
4 $45,510 $61,500 $73,800
5 $53,243 $71,950 $86,340
6 $60,976 $82,400 $98,880
7 $68,709 $92,850 $111,420
8 $76,442 $103,300 $123,960
In addition, the student:
- must be eligible to attend a public elementary school or high school in Illinois in the semester immediately preceding the semester for which he or she first receives a scholarship, or
- is starting school in Illinois for the first time when he or she first receives a scholarship, and
- must reside in Cook County for SGO HighSight to consider the application.
For purposes of determining eligibility for the 2018-2019 school year, SGOs shall use 2016 federal adjusted gross income. This amount does not include the income of children under 18 attending elementary or secondary school on a full-time basis. Foster children are deemed to have a household income that does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. Illinois Tax Credit Scholarships are need based and do not take academic performance into consideration.
The application will be available soon. Families will be require to provide the following information for all members in the household:
- Phone Numbers
- Dates of Birth
- Current School
- School You Plan to Attend in 2018-19
- The following documents must be submitted electronically in individual files:
o 2016 Form 1040 IRS Federal Tax Return for ALL household members 18 years of age and older
(first two pages only)*
o Parent/Guardian’s Driver's License or State ID
o Current utility bill
o Student's Birth Certificate, State ID or Driver's License
o Most Recent Report Card
- If applicable, the following documentation:
o Non-Public School Acceptance Letter (if attending a new school in the 2018-19 academic year)
This letter can be provided separately once received from the school.
o Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, English Language Learner, Gifted and Talented or Foster
If there are multiple students applying in the household, each student must submit an application.
If information requested on the application is found to be inconsistent, omitted or submitted incorrectly, the scholarship application may be disqualified. If you have questions or cannot provide the required information, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After qualified donations are received, HighSight will begin granting scholarships to eligible students allowing them to attend the private school of their choice, subject to availability of funds. The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship can cover up to 100% of private school tuition up to a maximum of the average Illinois cost to educate, which is $12,973 for the 2018-19 school year.