Tuition Assistance

St. Matthew Parish Tuition Assistance
Instructions 2019-2020

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available to help send your children to St. Matthew School!  Applying for tuition assistance is a two-step process.  Please follow the instructions below.  

Step one: Empower Illinois Invest in Kids Scholarships

Empower Illinois offers Tax Credit scholarship opportunities are funded through donations offering an Illinois tax credit.  Scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Time-stamp your application by starting the process promptly at 7:00 pm on January 15!

Apply at, opening January 15 at 7:00 pm.   **Apply as early as possible; scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to complete their entire application before January 28, 2019 for the best chance at receiving a scholarship. 

The Empower Application is also a two-part process. 

Part One:  Complete a brief reservation form online ( which will timestamp your application.  Complete this step as close to 7pm on January 15 , 2019 as possible.  Your timestamp matters and may impact your changes of receiving a scholarship. 
Part Two:   You will be notified by email when the full application is available to complete on January 18.  You can complete this step whenever you are able, but Empower Illinois is encouraging families to submit completed applications before January 28, 2019 to increase your chances of receiving a scholarship. 

To find out more on how to apply including what information you will need and to watch a video, go to for additional details.

Step Two: Apply for Parish and Diocesan Tuition Assistance

Apply for St. Matthew Parish tuition assistance and the Diocesan Spalding Scholarship at the same time using the FACTS Grant and Aid application by the April 15th deadline.  Applicants’ names from the completed FACTS applications will be used for consideration for the pastor recommendations to the Diocese for the Spalding Scholarship. 

The FACTS online application and other instructions are available now!  Click here and scroll down for the tuition assistance information. 


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

All students are eligible to apply for Empower Illinois Scholarship but only registered and active parishioners of St. Matthew Parish will be considered for parish tuition assistance.