June 17, 2020

2020 CSBG Scholarship Program

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You are eligible to apply for the 2020 CSBG Scholarship if you meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of the City of Chicago
  • Enrolled full-time in an Illinois college/university/trade school.
  • Enrolled on a full-time basis in an educational institution by September 15,2020.
  • Income eligible and provide proof of income for 1 month and/or 1 year (see table below)


Annual Maximum Income Levels Per Family Size*

2020 Income Eligibility Guild lines (Gross Income – before taxes)


Size of Household 1-Month Income Limit Annual
1 $2,127.00 $25,520.00
2 $2,873.00 $34,480.00
3 $3,620.00 $43,440.00
4 $4,367.00 $52,400.00
5 $5,113.00 $61,360.00
6 $5,860.00 $70,320.00
7 $6,607.00 $79,280.00
8 $7,353.00 $88,240.00
For each additional Person add   $8,960.00


*Maximum Annual Income and Maximum 1-month Income amounts. DCEO Income Guidelines mirror current Maximum Income Levels per Family Size. Scholarship Awards are issued based on current Income Guidelines. The issuance of newly approved Income Guidelines by DCEO would supersede the above.

Scholarship Awards are based on the following criteria:

  • Application Completeness: all data requests (blanks on 5-page application) and documents provided
  • Grade Point Average or Graduate Equivalency Degree (GED) scores
  • One Personal Essay

Scholarship Awards may be used for ONLY the Fall semester/quarter:

  • Tuition costs for the Fall semester or quarter
  • Purchase of uniforms, payment of fees, books or other costs related to education/training

Other Scholarship Award Information:

  • Scholarship award will be based on the need of applicant not met through Grants of Scholarships
  • Scholarship award will be sent directly to the institution in the name of the recipient
  • Only institutions in the state of Illinois are acceptable
  • Scholarship range from $500 to $3,000
  • Applicants will be notified the week of September 11, 2020

Other Application Information:

A “No Income/No Proof of Income Affidavit” is included before the last page or “Application Checklist” of this application packet . If this Affidavit is necessary to satisfy the requirements of your application please complete and submit with application. Make copies of Affidavit for additional family/household members as necessary.

DFSS will be hosting two webinars on Tuesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 25. In order to be placed on the notification list to register for the “2020 CSBG Scholarship Application – An Overview” webinar, please email your name and email address as soon as possible to: dfsscsbgscholarship@cityofchicago.org

Participation is not required

Applications and supplemental documentation must be received on or before July 24, 2020 no later than 5:00 P.M. at:

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

2020 CSBG Scholarship Program

ATTN: Jenny Schuler

1615 W. Chicago Avenue – 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60622

Call 312.746.7291 with any questions


2020 CSBG Scholarship Application

2020 CSBG Scholarship Flyer


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