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Tax Credit Scholarships

We are excited to announce that your student may be eligible to attend Christ the King next year tuition-free. Through the State of Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, qualifying students at private schools can receive 100% of their tuition payments covered.


All of the donations given to the Tax Credit Scholarship Program are handled through 3rd party Scholarship Granting Organizations. Therefore, families must apply through Scholarship Granting Organizations in order to be eligible.


You should apply for the Tax Credit Scholarships even if you have not yet completed your CTK application. Filling out a scholarship application or receiving a scholarship does not guarantee admission to CTK, nor does it lock your student into attending Christ the King. If the student qualifies for a scholarship and is accepted to a non-public school, the scholarship money will be distributed to the school your student attends.


Christ the King students have scholarship money allotted for them in two Scholarship Granting Organizations: Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois. Priority for each scholarship will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis, once the application is open to the families. It is incredibly important, and within your best interest, to fill out both applications as soon as the portal opens to have first priority in receiving free tuition next school year.


In order to fill out the application, families will need to have electronic copies of three specific documents as well as provide general information about their student(s) and the family. We will be available to help make electronic copies of these documents at CTK if you attend the workshop, or bring the information in before the open date. If you will have multiple children in non-public schools next school year, you only need to fill out one family application.

1) Proof of residence (ex. MOST CURRENT utility bill, driver's license, rental agreement...)

2) Proof of income - 2022 Federal tax return

3) Birth Certificate (for all students applying)


Both Scholarship Granting Organizations have complete information on their websites along with frequently asked questions.

  • For more information on Empower Illinois Application click here
  • For more information on Big Shoulders Fund Application including a “how to” guide and document instructions click here


  • Contact Maureen Kelly with any questions or for assistance at [email protected] or (773) 413-3509.