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Tax Credit Scholarship Program

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 % of tuition and eligible fees for 2018/2019 school year.

Below is more information about how to apply and details on eligibility requirements.

Scholarships are offered to students from K-12th grade

Scholarships are funded by donors who receive a credit on their Illinois state income tax as a result of their donation.

Application process

Parents will need to apply for tax credit scholarships through a scholarship granting organization (SGO), which will manage this process.  Furqaan Academy has chosen “Empower Illinois” as its preferred SGO.

Empower Illinois is a trusted partner with experienced employees who have managed a similar scholarship process in Florida.

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

How to qualify?

Eligibility to receive a scholarship is based on your family’s household income.  See chart below for more information on eligibility for tax credit scholarships

Scholarship amount: Your family could receive a scholarship that covers up to 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees for next school year.

See the chart below that shows how much you could receive to cover tuition based on your income for a family of four.

What you need to apply:

Based on the information we received, parents 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 or passport or ID for student(s)

Application deadline:

The deadline for submitting applications is still being determined. Furqaan academy will provide more information as soon as it is available. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Therefore, it is very important that when the application process begins, you apply early.

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Please check for the chart below and the household income

Number of People Living in your Household 100% scholarship $75% scholarship 50% scholarship
2 $16,240 - $30,044 $30,206 - $40,600 $40,762 - $48,720
3 $20,420 - $37,777 $37,981 - $51,050 $51,254 - $61,260
4 $24,600 - $45,510 $45,756 - $61,500 $61,746 - $73,800
5 $28,780 - $53,243 $53,531 - $71,950 $72,238 - $86,340
6 $32,960 - $60,976 $61,309 - $82,400 $82,730 - $98,880
7 $37,140 - $68,709 $69,080 - $92,850 $93,221 - $111,420
8 $41,320 - $76,442 $76,855 - $103,300 $103,713 - $$123,960

Furqaan Academy is pleased to announce that the State is now offering the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship for the 2018 – 2019 School Year

 This new law allows residents of Illinois to receive a 75% tax credit on any donation they make to their favorite school, Furqaan Academy.

Individuals and corporations that donate and designate their funds to Universal School through Empower Illinois our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO)  may receive a credit off their Illinois state taxes equal to 75 percent of the donation.

Individuals may direct donations to a Universal through Empower Illinois (SGO), but NOT to an individual student or group of students. Corporate donors cannot restrict their donations at all.

Now is the time to activate donors and the first step in the process is registering with mytax.illinois.gov. After the registration process, which can take up to 10 business days, donors will be ready to reserve their tax credit when applications open on January 2. Once their credit has been reserved, they have 60 days to make their donation and help students get the education they deserve. If you haven’t yet, please encourage your donors to begin this process today so they are ready when January arrives.

Donation Timeline: Dec. 1 – Dec. 20
All donors must register withmytax.illinois.gov
Jan. 2 Donors can reserve tax credits at www.revenue.state.il.us

Sign up by December 20th, 2018: All tax credit scholarship donors need to have an account on mytax.illinois.gov before applying for a tax credit. This process can take up to 10 days and involves a mailed pin number. We encourage anyone considering making a donation to sign up at mytax.illinois.gov as soon as possible. There is a limited amount of money that is available and will run out.

You can sign up with January 2, 2018, donors can indicate the amount they want to donate and reserve the corresponding tax credits through the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website. The Department of Revenue will grant tax credits on a first come first served basis. Donating individuals and corporations then have 60 days from the date they receive the credit authorization certificate to donate that indicated amount Empower Illinois our SGO.

After donating, the individual or corporation receives a receipt from the SGO, indicating the donation was made, which then generates the corresponding tax credit. If a donor fails to make all or a portion of a donation payment to the SGO by the deadline, they shall not be entitled to a certificate of receipt for that portion of the donation not made.

Beginning on January 2, 2018, individual and corporate donors will be able to reserve tax credits through www.mytax.illinois.gov by following these steps:
1. Set up an account at www.mytax.illinois.gov. This site will have the credit application on January 2.
o For step-by-step instructions on how to request a letter ID.
o For step-by-step instructions on how to activate your my tax account.

Money will run out so donate on January 2, 2018.

What is the process for donating?

Beginning on January 2, 2018, individual and corporate donors will be able to reserve tax credits through mytax.illinois.gov by following these steps:

Set up an Account
Set up an account at illinois.gov. This site will have the credit application on January 2.
Apply for a Tax Credit
Apply for a tax credit on mytax.illinois.gov as soon as the application is open on the website.
Donate to SGO
Donate to an SGO within 60 days of application being approved.
Provide a Certificate
Provide a certificate from the SGO to use tax credit when filing a 2018 return in 2019.
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Frequently Asked Questions

New for 2018 – 2019 school year.

The Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program Details, which will finally help families enroll their children at Furqaan Academy

Furqaan Academy is pleased to share the news that the Illinois Tax Credits will make funds available for new students tuition.

Please read the following to learn more about the program

Students can apply for scholarships beginning January 2, 2018. There has been no deadline established for the application, but families should apply as early as possible since scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Students/families must submit an application for scholarship directly to a Student Granting Organization (SGO). We will be using the SGO Empower Illinois. There will be an application process established by each SGO after it receives Department of Revenue approval and is operational.

We believe that the application process is likely to be conducted online only, but  the application process is still being finalized. If the online requirement poses a problem for some families, support will likely be provided through local schools.  Again, we will share more information and details as soon as they are available.

Tuition and eligible fees for any non-public school in Illinois are covered through tax credit scholarships.

Students from households that are lower than 185 percent of the federal poverty level receive 100 percent of tuition and eligible fees.

Students from households that are 185 percent to 250 percent of the federal poverty level will receive 75 percent of tuition and eligible fees through the scholarships.

Students from households that are 250 percent to 300 percent of the federal poverty level will receive 50 percent of tuition and eligible fees through the Scholarships.

SGOs will be responsible for notifying families. The law presently requires SGOs to process applications received before April 1 within ten business days of receipt. The law does not impose an application processing deadline for applications received after April 1. However, we would anticipate that the processing timelines will be similar for all applications.

The SGOs will manage scholarship payments. The law presently requires SGOs to distribute scholarship payments directly to the qualified school where the  student is enrolled. We will share more information on this process as soon as it is available.

This is still being determined, but we expect that the process will require earlier application to schools than has been the practice in the past. We will share more information as soon as it is available.

The scholarships can be used to cover the tuition and eligible fees for any non-public school in Illinois.

The family should work with their local school to determine what other scholarships that may be available to them.

Donors may make contributions and families can apply for scholarships beginning January 1, 2018. The initial scholarships will apply to the 2018/19 school year, and the program will continue for at least five years (based on the current law).

Students from families with limited financial resources are eligible to receive a tax credit scholarship.

To be considered for a scholarship, students must be from a household with income below 300 percent of the federal poverty level ($73,800 for family of four).

However, prior to April 1, 2018 priority will be given to:

Students from households that are below 185 percent of the federal poverty level ($45,510 for family of four).

Students who reside in a “focus district” (explained below).

Siblings of scholarship students.

Beginning in 2019, priority will also be given to renewals of previous year scholarship recipients.

Scholarships are available for eligible students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Furqaan Academy accepts new students based on an admission process kg through 12th grade.

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