Empower Illinois, Invest In Kids Act Scholarship

Scholarships offered through the Illinois Invest In Kids Act have the potential to cover up to 100 percent of tuition for the 2019-2020 school year. Families need to apply to the scholarship through the Empower Illinois website, https://empowerillinois.org/. Empower Illinois begins to accept applications for the 2019-2020 school year on January 15, 2019. Scholarships are need-based and do not take academic performance into consideration.

Invest In Kids Act Eligibility: If your household income is less than the amount listed you would be eligible for a scholarship in 2019-2020.

Household Size 100% Tuition & Fees 75% Tuition & Fees 50% Tuition & Fees
2 $30,451 $41,150 $49,380
3 $38,443 $51,950 $62,340
4 $46,435 $62,750 $75,300
5 $54,427 $73,550 $88,260
6 $62,419 $84,350 $101,220

 The Rockford Diocese will update the Catholic Education Office website, www.ceorockford.org, with the latest information about the Empower Illinois application process and deadlines. You can also contact Assistant Superintendent, Elizabeth Heitkamp at 815.399.4300 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the Invest In Kids Act. 

St. Mary Catholic School Financial Aid Options

Families who seek financial aid can apply for assistance through the St. Mary’s Guardian Angel Fund or Tepeyac Fund. Families that apply for a scholarship through Empower Illinois are encouraged to not wait to apply for the Guardian Angel Fund or Teyepac Fund, but apply to both at the same time. Financial aid applications are due on May 1, 2019.

Guardian Angel Fund: Financial assistance through the Guardian Angel Fund is only available to participating St. Mary Church parishioners. St. Mary Church participating parishioners are defined as those who attend Mass faithfully every weekend, participate in parish life and support the parish with regular discernible financial gifts. Applications to the Guardian Angel Fund must be completed through the FACTS website, https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/41GBQ. There is a $32 application fee through FACTS.

Tepeyac Fund: Financial assistance through the Tepeyac Fund is only offered to our St. Mary Church Hispanic families. To discuss Tepeyac Fund assistance, set up an appointment with Hispanic Ministry Secretary, Mrs. Maricella Duenas at 815.338.3377 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have financial aid questions, contact Ms. Liz Brennan, Director of Enrollment Marketing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815.338.3598.