Financial Aid Information
After completing the online application and being accepted, families may apply for financial aid by following these steps:
Applying for the Tax Credit Scholarship
The Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS) is awarded annually through a lottery system to families who meet a household income level set by the State of Illinois. Scholarships are awarded by third party organizations, not by St John Berchmans School. Applications are time-stamped with specific deadlines, and funds are limited.
Families who wish to apply for the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship may do so through these two separate scholarship granting organizations (SGOs): Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund SGO.
About the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship
In August 2017, with bipartisan support, the House and Senate passed a comprehensive education funding bill that was signed into law by the governor. The law includes a provision for tax credit scholarships, which provide strong incentives for donors to support non-public school scholarships for low-income students in the state. Illinois students from low-income families may use these new scholarships to attend a non-public school of their choice.
This legislation represents a major step forward that will help create more equity in school funding throughout Illinois, and for the first time provide real school choice for students and their families.
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