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Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship


2020-2021 TCS Application Now Open

Following a very successful reservation night last Wednesday, applications for a 2020-2021 Tax Credit Scholarship are available now on to the EmpowerXChange  portal. Thousands of families have already applied!

Applications can be edited and submitted at the families' convenience, but as a reminder, we encourage them to submit before January 27 for the best chance at receiving a scholarship. If they have not yet completed their reservation, they can still do so by clicking here

Application Questions

If a family has reached out to your school with questions about the application process, please direct them to our Scholars Helpline (309-416-0741,, open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday. If they completed the reservation, but have not yet received an email inviting them to complete the application, please have them call to confirm their reservation is on file. 

Application Previews and Guides

Preview of the reservation and application pages in both English and Spanish

Step-by-step application instructions in both English and Spanish.

January 24: 2020-2021 School Participation Agreement

School Participation Agreements for the 2020-2021 school year must be completed by Friday, January 24, before awards begin going out in early February. This form will ask for your school's tuition rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The amount on the SPA is used to reserve funds for scholarships. Please begin planning your tuition and fees for the upcoming school, so we can issue scholarships to your school if you have available funds.

January 20-31: Attendance Reports Open

Attendance verification must be completed by January 31. Remember you can complete the attendance verification in your EmpowerXChange portal. Step-by-step instructions can be found here

First Week of February: First Scholarship Awarded

The first scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year will be awarded during the first week of February. Please keep an eye on your EmpowerXChange portal for more information. 

February 18: Final Payment Date for 2019-2020 School Year Initiated

Your school will receive scholarship payments for any students who reached "Funding Confirmed" status after December 16, 2019, beginning February 18, 2020


The new application will be available through the Empower Illinois website. It will be a two-step process. 
More information, including helpful documents, FAQs and instructions, can be found on our website.

Click the video to learn how to apply.

Or for more instruction, download this helpful Pdf file


Redirect your tax dollars to Marquette Academy today! Empower Illinois connects Tax Credit Scholarship Donations to Illinois students whose education opportunities may be limited by household income. By donating to Empower Illinois, you can help make a child’s dreams come true.


Empower Illinois wants to change the way families choose schools for their children. Students only get one chance at a quality education, and financial constraints shouldn’t affect that. When you donate to Empower Illinois, you allow a child to receive a high-quality education that will prepare them for a successful future. They can’t do it without you.

Below are some helpful informational pdf files for Donors and Students. 


About the Program

How to Donate
FAQ - Donors
How to Apply
FAQ - Students
Required Documents - Students


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