In the fall of 2017, Illinois created the Invest in Kids Act. This Act allows income tax credits for taxpayers who make authorized contributions to a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). The SGOs, in turn, provide scholarships for eligible Illinois students to attend qualified, non-public schools in Illinois. As an ISBE approved school, Westlake families are eligible to apply for these funds.We are hopeful that this program will open up the doors for many families who desired for their children to attend Westlake, but felt as though private school tuition was simply out of reach.
Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), an organization through which we are accredited, has established an SGO called Children’s Tuition Fund. Parents will be able to apply for available scholarship monies on Monday, January 22nd at 9 am. The application will be on their site at ChildrensTuitionFund.org, under the “CTF IL” button which is at the bottom of the page. Once on the Illinois page, parents should look for the “Information for Parents” box and click on the “Apply here” link.
There are many other SGOs available to Illinois parents. A list of those programs can be found here. Each SGO is available for different geographic regions; Westlake is within Region 2. If you are planning to apply through an SGO, make sure they are Region 2 approved.