City Services

High Alert 2017 CSBG Scholarship Program

May 1, 2017

2017 CSBG Scholarship Program


You are eligible to apply for the 2017 CSBG Scholarship if you meet the following requirements:

  • Resident of the City of Chicago
  • Enrolled full-time in an Illinois college/university/trade school.
  • Income eligible and provide proof of income for 3 months (13 weeks) (see table below)

Annual Maximum Income Levels Per Family Size*


Family of 1


Family of 2


Family of 3


Family of 4


Family of 5


Family of 6


Family of 7


Family of 8



Three (3) Month Maximum Income Levels Per Family Size*


Family of 1


Family of 2


Family of 3


Family of 4


Family of 5


Family of 6


Family of 7


Family of 8


*Maximum Annual Income and Maximum 3-month Income amounts are increased by $5,225.00 and $1,308.00 for each additional family member. 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 4-page application) and documents provided
  • Grade Point Average
  • 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
  • Scholarship range from $500 to $3,000
  • Applicants will be notified the week of August 8, 2016

Other Application Information:

A "No Identification/No 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, May 16 and Thursday, May 18. In order to be placed on the notification list to register for the "2017 CSBG Scholarship Application - An Overview" webinar, please email your name and email address as soon as possible to:

Participation is not required

Applications and supplemental documentation must be received on or before June 10, 2016 no later than 5:00 P.M. at:

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

2017 CSBG Scholarship Program

ATTN: Jenny Schuler

1615 W. Chicago Avenue - 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL 60622

Call 312.746.7291 with any questions


2017 CSBG Scholarship Application

2017 CSBG Scholarship Application Webinar Overview