Common Questions


Important Information for Student Families and Donors

Student Family Benefits

Am I eligible for a scholarship?

How do I apply?

Who are the Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs)?

Is priority given to certain students?

How much are the scholarships and when are they awarded?

Donor Benefits

Will I get a tax credit for donating?

How do I donate?

More Information

Preliminary Guidance on Invest in Kids Act (including informational bulletins and FAQs)

Illinois has a new school choice/tax credit scholarship program!

Recent legislation in Illinois established a tax credit scholarship program that will enable certain Illinois students from families with limited financial resources to attend St. John Lutheran School and other non-public schools. Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, scholarships for K-8th grade students will be awarded covering 100%, 75%, or 50% of St. John’s total tuition and fees. To be eligible for the scholarships, federal adjusted gross income must be below 300% of the federal poverty level—currently $73,800 for a family of four.

These scholarships will be funded through individual and corporate donor contributions made to independent scholarship granting organizations (SGOs) by Illinois taxpayers who will be awarded an Illinois income tax credit (not just a deduction) in an amount equal to 75% of their donation.


Why Our School

  • Trusted, private education for over 40 years
  • Achieved exemplary WELSSA and NCPSA accreditation
  • Caring teachers who truly get to know your child
  • Emphasis on creating intellectual curiosity in a safe environment
  • Wide variety of activities in music, arts, and athletics
  • Low 14:1 student/teacher and 1:1 technology ratios

Many details regarding the tax credit scholarship program are yet to come from the State of Illinois; we will update this webpage as such information is published. It is our hope and prayer that this scholarship program will be a great blessing to many, enabling our school ministry to reach many more students with the saving message of Jesus Christ and lessening the financial burden of families seeking a Christ-centered education for their children.

Please share this wonderful news with friends and family who may be potential donors or scholarship recipients.

Reach out with any questions to our principal, Jon Woldt, at to learn more.