2021 CSBG Scholarship Program

July 9, 2021

2021 CSBG Scholarship Program

July 9, 2021

2021 CSBG Scholarship Program


You are eligible to apply for the 2021 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, 2021.
  • Income eligible and provide proof of income for 1 month and/or 1 year (see table below) 2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines (Gross Income - before taxes)
  • Annual Maximum Income Levels Per Family Size*


Size of Household

1-Month Income Limit


























For each additional Person increase the income limit by:




*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 Awards Range from $1,000 to $5,000
  • Applicants will be notified the week of September 20, 2021

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 Friday, July 23rd and Friday, July 30th. In order to be placed on the notification list to register for the "2021 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 August 16, 2021, no later than 5:00 P.M. at:

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

2021 CSBG Scholarship Program

ATTN: Dalina Bailey

1615 W. Chicago Avenue - 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL 60622

Email: dfsscsbgscholarship@cityofchicago.org  or Call: (312) 747-0327 with any questions

Download CSBG Scholarship Application 

Download CSBG Scholarship Application II

Download CSBG Scholarship Flyer

2021 CSBG Scholarship Application Training Webinar Slides

2021 CSBG Scholarship Application Training  Webinar Video Recording


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