Tuition Assistance

2018-2019 Tuition Assistance/Spalding Scholarship Applications and Empower Illinois

New this year! Invest in Kids Scholarships

Through the Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship program and the Invest in Kids Act, any Illinois resident wishing to send their children to a private school will be able to apply for need-based scholarships. Depending on household income, scholarships will cover 100%, 75% or 50% of tuition and fees for K-8 students. Scholarships are granted on a first come first served basis after applying at Empower Illinois.

The new application date is February 27 beginning at 7:00 pm! The application is a two-step process. First reserve your place in line by completing a brief online form. This step will determine your place in line for the first-come, first-served scholarships. After reserving your place in line, families will be emailed a unique link and use their reservation code to complete the full application within 3 days.

To learn more information, to see if you qualify, and for step-by-step instruction, go to

St. Matthew Grade School & The High School of St. Thomas More Tuition Assistance
New information will be coming soon! All St. Matthew parishioners are asked to FIRST apply for a scholarship through Empower Illinois (above). More funds will be available through the Invest in Kids Scholarships than Spalding and Parish tuition assistance. After people have had the opportunity to apply through the Empower Illinois, we will open the application process for St. Matthew and Spalding tuition assistance. Application deadlines will be April 15, 2018.

Only registered and active members of St. Matthew are eligible for our parish tuition assistance.

Any applications received past the above deadlines will not be able to be considered for Tuition Assistance.