Tax Credit Scholarship Program

Make An Investment in Education.
Receive an Illinois Tax Credit.

The Invest in Kids Act allows Illinois residents and corporations to receive a 75% tax credit for qualified donations. Your donations will empower HighSight to help more students attend private schools.

Creating New Opportunities For Chicago Scholars

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, we continue our commitment of helping low-income students attend quality private schools. The State of Illinois has created a new scholarship program that allows donors to help students from eligible families to attend private schools. HighSight has been selected as a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) for this program to serve the students of Cook County.

DONORS

SGO HighSight can receive qualified contributions from individuals and businesses to be disbursed in the form of scholarships to eligible students to attend qualified private schools.

DONORS Details

The Invest in Kids application process for taxpayers making qualified contributions to HighSight begins January 2, 2018, and is only available online through MyTax Illinois. Taxpayers approved by the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR) can reserve an income tax credit equal to 75% of their total qualified contributions made to HighSight.

Potential contributors must first set up a MyTax Illinois account and be approved by IDOR before making an authorized contribution. As a potential contributor, request a Letter ID now from IDOR to avoid delays. Please allow 7-10 days to receive a Letter ID via US Mail from IDOR to complete a MyTax Illinois account. As a potential contributor, we encourage you to begin this process now so you are ready in January.

  • Step 1: Request a Letter ID at mytax.illinois.gov now
  • Step 2: After receiving your Letter ID, please activate your account at mytax.illinois.gov
  • Step 3: On January 2, reserve your tax credit as early as possible
  • Step 4: Select HighSight as your Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO)
  • Step 5: Designate Region 1 (Cook County)
  • Step 6: After receiving your Contribution Authorization Certificate from IDOR, contact HighSight to make your donation

For 25 years, HighSight has been partnering with schools in the Chicago area and has made a commitment to work with students from low-income families in the area.  We stay commited to that cause, and our impact speaks volumes.  Our high school classes of 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 graduated from college in four years at a rate of 76% -- 8x the rate of their peers.  We can do this with even more young people if you support our efforts.

If you have any questions about choosing HighSight as a SGO, please call 312-787-9824 or email mark.duhon@highsight.org.

STUDENTS

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.

STUDENTS Details

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.

PRIORITY APPLICANTS

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.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

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.

APPLICATION PROCESS
The application will be available soon. Families will be require to provide the following information for all members in the household:

  • Names
  • Address
  • 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
        Child documentation

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 sgo@highsight.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.

APPLY NOW






APPLY NOW Details

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 specifically approved to accept applications from students who reside in Cook County - Region 1.

Please examine the eligibility requirements under STUDENTS before submitting your application.  Currently, funds are limited and scholarships will only be awarded if funds become available. If you apply now, it is highly unlikely that you will receive a scholarship from SGO HighSight.  However, you are welcome to apply.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Step 1. Get Your Information Together

Before you begin the online application, make sure to have the following information ready for all members in the household:

  • Names
  • Address
  • Phone Numbers
  • Dates of Birth
  • Current School
  • School You Plan to Attend in 2018-19
  • * The following documentation 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* must be submitted electronically in individual files:
     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
        Child documentation


Step 2. Complete the Online Application

Once you have prepared all the information and documentation, complete the online application. Only online submissions will be accepted.


Step 3. Upload the Required Documentation

The required documentation must be uploaded and submitted with the online application.

* If you cannot provide the required information and documentation, including the 2016 Form 1040 IRS Federal Tax Return(s), please email us at sgo@highsight.org.