Tax Credit Scholarship Eligibility

Applying for a Tax Credit Scholarship

Through the “Invest in Kids Act,” Illinois children from low-income households who want to attend private schools will have access to new scholarships. The scholarships offered through this program could cover up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year*. Below is more information about how to apply and details on eligibility requirements.  


Tax credit scholarships : Students from low-income households in grades K-12 have the opportunity to receive tax credit scholarships for the 2018/19 school year. These scholarships are funded by donors who receive a credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation.


Application process:  You will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the Archdiocese or your school directly. There are several SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. 

The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at The application process will open January 31, 2018 at 12 p.m.

The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at The application process will open January 22, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Model UN Wins Best Delegation in NYC

Saint Ignatius Model United Nations Wins BEST LARGE DELEGATION at the Premier Crisis Committee Model UN Conference in the United States at Columbia University in New York City!  January 11-14, 2018
The team also attended a private diplomatic briefing at the Afghanistan Mission to the United Nations.
 Individual Committee Awards
               Christopher Mitchell in the End of Empires JCC
               Serena White in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
               Tivas Gupta in the Repeal of the Corn Laws 1845
               Colleen McBride in Taft’s Presidential Council
               Katie Goldman in the Flying Gang 1715
              Adam Himes in the Ad-Hoc of the Secretary General
               Mackenzie Weatherly in the Soviet Politburo 1953
               Maggie Doyle in Star Wars Confederacy
               Juliet Welsh in Sicilian Mafia 1980
               Will Brodlo in the House Un-American Activities Commission
               Olivia DiMonte in the House Un-American Activities Commission
               Tomas Turriff-Ortega in the Petrograd Soviet
               Walter Fieweger in Star Wars Galactic Republic
               Adam Chu in the Cabinet of Raphael Trujillo
               GB Moynihan in The Council of King Charles 1665
               Patrick Milito in the Western Schism Rome
               Anne Austin in the Obama Campaign 2008
               Delaney Coyne in the Western Schism Pisa
               Olivia Welsh in the Treachery in Ivan IV’s Court

The Beatitudes: A Faith for Head, Heart, & Hands Retreat - 2.2.18

Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House is offering a silent retreat for women with retreat master Carol Ackels. CLICK HERE for more details. To register, visit, call the office, or complete the form and mail it to the retreat house accompanied with your $85 deposit. If you are interested in Flexible Funding, please call the office at 847-381-1261.

School Literary Magazine Wins Top Honors

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association recently completed their critique of the 2016-17 issue of Phantasm, the Saint Ignatius student-run literary magazineWe are excited to announce that the publication received a Gold Medal ranking, the highest ranking possible, and earned 932 out of a possible 1000 points overall. Of note, Phantasm also earned All-Columbian Honors for the sub-categories of "Visuals" and "Essentials." Congratulations to the editors and faculty moderators for a job well done. 

We Need Gloriam Volunteers!

Gloriam 2018 is fast approaching and we are in need of volunteers for a variety of areas. This is a great opportunity to meet parents and participate in our school wide event. Please plan to attend a general volunteer meeting on Tuesday, January 30th from 6:00-7:30pm in the McLaughlin Room at Saint Ignatius College Prep. Light Supper and Beverages will be provided.

Thank you for your consideration!
Gloriam Chairs,
Julie Garvey Davis '86 and Marc Davis '86 / Alyson and Pat Nash '89 / Colleen and Bruce Mygatt

Please respond to if you are able to attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend please sign up to volunteer on our Gloriam website

Jesuit Cup Basketball Games at Wintrust Arena - 1.19.18 - Information and Ticket Updates

Saint Ignatius College Prep has the honor and privilege of hosting the first-ever high school basketball games at the new Wintrust Arena in Chicago at the corner of Cermak Road and Indiana Avenue in the South Loop.  The 2018 Jesuit Cup varsity basketball games between Chicago-area Jesuit schools Saint Ignatius College Prep and Loyola Academy will take place at Wintrust Arena- the new home of the DePaul Blue Demons and the WNBA Chicago Sky- on Friday, January 19, 2018.  The varsity girls' game will take place at 5:30 PM followed by the varsity boys' game at 7:00 PM.  The gate will open at 4:00 PM.
TICKET UPDATE:  At the request of Wintrust Arena, tickets will now be general admission- meaning that seating in most sections of the arena will be on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the game.  Due to unforeseen delays, tickets will go on sale at both schools to the general public starting this Thursday, January 11.  Each school will publish to their community the exact procedures for ticket purchases at their schools.  All tickets will be $5.00 per person- whether adults, students, or children.  Tickets can also be purchased at the Wintrust Arena box office- the start date and times for ticket sales at Wintrust will be announced ASAP.   Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the event at Wintrust.  To avoid longer lines at the box office and the security checkpoint on game day, it is highly encouraged to purchase your tickets before the day of the game.  All spectators will need to purchase a ticket- including current Saint Ignatius and Loyola students. 

Ticket sales at Wintrust Arena for the Jesuit Cup will begin at 11:00 AM on Thursday, January 11 and will continue through the night of the games at the Wintrust Arena Box Office.

Wintrust Box Office Location and Contact Information:

200 E. Cermak Road
Chicago, IL 60616

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
11:00am – 6:00pm
- Ticket sales to the student body for the student section and for their families and friends will take place during the lunch periods outside of Tully Hall on Thursday, January 11 and Friday, January 12.  Students can also purchase tickets for the student section and for their families and friends in the Assistant Athletic Director's Office between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17.    
- Tickets for all other adults will be sold at the Main Entry Reception Desk between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM starting on Thursday, January 11 and will continue on Friday, January 12, Tuesday, January 16 and Wednesday, January 17 during the same hours.  
- PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL IGNATIUS FANS:  There are no limits on the number of tickets that can be purchased.  Also, there will be no ticket sales at Ignatius on Monday, January 15 due to the MLK holiday, and no tickets will be sold at Saint Ignatius on Thursday, January 18 or Friday, January 19.  The only ticket sales these two days will be at the Wintrust Arena Box Office.  And, no backpacks or other large bags or purses can be brought to Wintrust Arena- please read the bag restrictions below carefully.       
Because of the nature of this event, please keep in mind that these games are taking place on a Friday evening just south of downtown and that extra time needs to be allotted for travel, parking, and entry into the facility.  Also, please note the following:
- No passes of any type will be accepted for this game at the gate- only tickets issued by Wintrust Arena can be used for game entry.
- All ticketed spectators will need to pass through a magnetometer security check prior to entry. Wintrust Arena has a No Bag/Clear Bag Policy similar to the NFL Bag Policy.  No bags or purses larger than a hand held clutch purse are allowed.  For the full list of prohibited items and the no bag policy, please visit
- No alcohol will be sold at these games.
- For spectators that plan to drive to the games, the average parking price for the evening at Wintrust Arena can reach $25.00 or more.  Discounted parking can be secured in advance at other lots near the arena.  And, there are new restrictions on street parking in the area around Wintrust Arena.     
For more information on Wintrust Arena, please go to:
Please continue to check our school's website and social media outlets for final updates.
Saint Ignatius is very excited to welcome and host our fellow Jesuit school Loyola Academy and their school community for the 2018 Jesuit Cup varsity basketball games... we hope you join us for this amazing and historic night! 

Ten76 Young Alumni Fundraiser - 2.3.18

On Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, the Saint Ignatius Young Alumni Society invites everyone (alumni and non-alumni) to an evening of food, drinks, fun, and dancing. The night will include unique surprises, a variety of silent auction items and a cash raffle. All proceeds will benefit the Tuition Assistance Program. Must be 21+ to attend. Contact Patrick Singler '02 with questions. CLICK HERE to register today. 


Act Now for the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program


The  Illinois "Invest in Kids Act" created a Tax Credit Scholarship program which allows individuals and corporations to donate to Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) and receive a credit for 75% of the value of their donation on their Illinois state taxes in return. This program seeks to connect low income families with high quality schools. CLICK HERE for more details from the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Empower Illinois' application process will now open on Wednesday, January 31 at 12 p.m., one week later than previously announced. CLICK HERE for full details.

Many of you have heard about Senate Bill 1947 regarding State of Illinois income tax credits that will assist Catholic and private schools. This is the first time the State of Illinois is providing tax credits to non-public elementary and secondary education. This program might be helpful as you plan for 2017 state taxes. Donors are encouraged to apply for a tax credit as early in 2018 as possible.  In order to apply for a tax credit you must first go to the website and request a "LetterID" number that you must input to the IL Dept. of Revenue website when tax credit applications open on January 2nd.  The "LetterID" will be sent via the postal service and could take up to 10 days to arrive.  CLICK HERE for instructions on how to apply for the LetterID.  CLICK HERE for instructions on the tax credit application.

Many details regarding the new school tax credit program, which was passed by the state legislature this Fall, remain undetermined. CLICK HERE for more information about the program and what Saint Ignatius is doing at the present time. 

Until the State Department of Finance comes out with further guidelines, this is all the school has to work with. The Archdiocese is working on affiliating with an existing Scholarship Granting Organization that would serve as an umbrella for all Catholic schools. If you have questions please contact John Chandler, at 312-432-8350.

Application Process Updates

Empower IL is using a form that asks for Saint Ignatius College Prep's ISBE RCDT Code. Our code is: 15016092Y

Application process: As a reminder, families will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process, instead of the Archdiocese or your school directly. There are several SGOs in Illinois. The Archdiocese of Chicago is working with two SGOs: Empower Illinois and Big Shoulders Fund. 

The application process with Empower Illinois will be completed online at The application process will open January 24, 2018.

The application process with Big Shoulders Fund will be completed online at The application process will open the second half of January 2018. The exact date is TBD. 

What families will need to apply: Based on what we know today, families will need the following documents in order to apply for a tax credit scholarship:

2016 tax return

Proof of residency (i.e. driver’s license or state ID)

Birth certificate, federal/state ID or passport for student

If available, a letter of acceptance or enrollment at an eligible, participating, non-public school

Note: There may be changes to this list as the application process is finalized by the SGOs. We will provide updates as they are available.