JB Pritzker, Governor, State of Illinois

Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship

Please note: Applications for the ECACE Scholarship Program are not being accepted at this time. Processing of 2023-24 ECACE applications was paused beginning on March 9, 2024, and applications received on or after March 9th were placed in a hold status and were not processed. This action was necessary due to the amount of available funding and the amount of funding committed to students whose applications had already been approved.

The ECACE Program has been funded for the last three academic years (2021-22 through 2023-24) through federal coronavirus response dollars. It is hoped that the state legislature will consider some level of state funding for the scholarship for the 2024-25 academic year during its spring legislative session. When more information is available, updates will be posted to this website.

Welcome to the online application process for the Early Childhood Access Consortium for Equity (ECACE) Scholarship Program.

Important information regarding this program may be accessed by selecting from among the options that appear in the menu at the right margin of this page. Be sure you read and understand this information prior to submitting an application.

After entering and submitting your data via the online application, follow the on-screen instructions to download and print a copy of your application for your records.

Because the application contains personally identifiable information, caution should be used if submitting and/or printing the completed application in an unsecured setting (for example, a public computer at a library).

If you have any questions regarding this program or the application process, contact a representative from the ISAC Call Center.