We are proud to share that the Illinois Scholarship Tax Credit program has been remarkably successful. To date, approximately $20 Million Dollars has been allocated to Jewish schools in our community, and OVER 1,500 STUDENTS have received scholarships. Families that were awarded scholarships experienced real tuition relief.

Community-wide application events in 2018 and 2019 served to benefit families that attended. A child’s chances of being awarded a scholarship in both 2018 and 2019 were significantly higher if they participated in these events. There were other benefits as well, including making sure applicants provided the correct information and ensuring that no eligible students were erroneously denied scholarships. Multiple students who received STC awards in 18-19 and 19-20 would have been disqualified if not for the application review performed by the Agudah in advance of the event.

Please note that only children from a household whose income for 2018 or 2019 does not exceed 300% of the Federal Poverty Line (or 400% if the child was awarded a tax credit scholarship in the 2019-2020 school year) are eligible. Click HERE to see those numbers. If you need assistance in determining your eligibility or have any other questions, please contact or 773-465-8889 x680.


We are pleased Agudath Israel will once again host community-wide application events this year. This year, in addition to the hundreds of scholarships awarded through Empower Illinois, there were also many students awarded through Big Shoulders Fund. As such, Agudah is hosting two events:
  1. On the morning of January 14th for Big Shoulders Fund. Doors will open at 6:00am. Submission at 8:00am.
  2. On the evening of January 15th for Empower Illinois. Doors will open 5:00pm. Training will start approx 5:30, event starts at 6:30pm, final submission at 7:00pm.
We are encouraging ALL eligible families to attend BOTH events. Both the Empower event and the Big Shoulders event should be considered primary.

Registration is restricted to parents in our school network, and only those who reserve a spot will be eligible to attend. Individual usernames and passwords have been emailed out for each family to log in, enter their information, and reserve their seat. If you have not received your username and password, please contact or 773-465-8889 x600.

Upon logging in, you will be directed to fill out a form with your family and student information. You will be asked to upload proof of income and Illinois residency (and proof of special needs, if relevant). Once the form is complete, please complete the “Event Registration” on the last page to reserve your seat at the event. Only parents who make a reservation will be accommodated.

Your submission to AISGO must be completed by Monday 12/30 in order for the Agudah to have enough time to review your information.


Please see tables below to check your eligibility. 2018 is based on Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) reported on your 2018 federal tax return (Form 1040), and 2019 would be based on pay stubs. You can be eligible based on either year.