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Empower Illinois Scholarship Registration Opens

January 15, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Tuition Assistance for Catholic School Students
We know that Catholic education changes lives. For many families though the cost of tuition makes it unattainable. If a family desires a Catholic education for their student, it’s the Catholic Education Foundation’s mission to help them afford it.

The Catholic Education Foundation increases access to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Joliet by providing tuition assistance scholarships to children and families based on family income and other special circumstances. Scholarships through the Catholic Education Foundation help open the door to an excellent Catholic education in partnership with the family and with their Catholic school.

APPLICATION PROCESS: The Catholic Education Foundation Scholarship program is designed for K-12 students currently enrolled or applying for the next school year in any Catholic school in the Diocese of Joliet*. A family must apply each year through FACTS Grant and Aid Assessment to qualify for a scholarship. All awards are made based on financial need.
Application Posts Online: 1/1/2020
Application Due Date: 3/2/2020
Families will be notified by email on or before 5/15/2020
• The application form can be filled out online at www.online.factsmgt.com .
• Questions on how to complete the form can be answered by calling the FACTS Helpline directly at 1-866-315-9262.
• The link for the application and help completing the application’ are also found at: www.CEFJoliet.org/Catholic_Elementary_School_Tuition_Assistance

For more information contact:
Shirley Roberson
Program Coordinator
Catholic Education Foundation

*Currently students from Noonan Academy, Kingswood Academy and Chesterton Academy are not eligible for funding from the Catholic Education Foundation.

Empower Illinois, the SGO with whom the Diocese of Joliet partners, has announced Wednesday, January 15th at 6:30 pm as
the official date for the 2020-2021 Tax Credit Scholarship process to begin at www.EmpowerIllinois.org

Current Scholarship recipients and students who applied in 2019 and are currently on the waitlist must reapply.
This year, the reservation form will be available at 6:30pm, to give families time to enter their information before submission at 7pm. The reservation will have two pages. On page one, you will enter basic information, such as parent name, student name, and contact information. On page two, you will review this information and click submit. Only after clicking submit on page two will you receive your first come, first-served timestamp.

On January 17, you will be notified by email when part two of the application opens. You can complete this step whenever you are able to ensure accuracy, but we encourage you to submit your application before January 27 for the best chance at receiving a scholarship.


January 15, 2020
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm