Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

Aurora, IL

“Invest in Kids” Scholarship Program

State Website Opens on Tuesday evening,

January 15, 2019 at 7:00PM


Part one of the Empower Illinois application process will be available at empowerillinois.org. at 7:00PM, on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. The application is a two part process. Part one is a brief reservation form which will be timestamped.

Schools and families will be notified when part two is available.


Invest in Kids -Scholarship Program

The Illinois State Legislature approved the Invest in Kids Act which is an income based tax scholarship program to allow students more choices in education. These K-12 scholarships are based on financial need, not how well a child does in school.

With this legislation, families are now able to choose to enroll in a non-public (private) school with scholarship money available for tuition and necessary fees for the 2019-2020 academic year.


The Invest in Kids Act will be funded by donors who wish to help Illinois families have a choice in education. If you are in a position to donate, please consider doing so! Since individuals will be able to direct their donations to a school or group of schools, you can help ensure that more families have access to a great Catholic education.

Students may apply for the “Invest in Kids” Scholarship Program at empowerillinois.org beginning on January 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.


Tax Credit Scholarship Program/ Activate your account

Tax Credit Scholarship Program / Request Letter ID

What you need to know about the Invest in Kids / Donor Fact Sheet

What you need to know about  Tax Credit Scholarship /Parent Fact Sheet



Donors will need a Mytax.illinois.gov account to be able to apply for the tax credit.  This is an important and potential delay to being able to claim a tax credit.  Go NOW to the mytax.illinois.gov site to apply for your account.  It mails a letter to the donor to activate the account which can take up to 10 business days to reach the donor.