In exchange for your service you’ll get...
Many AmeriCorps members feel that the biggest benefit they
get is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a
difference in their communities.
The other benefits you’ll receive vary depending upon how
many hours per week you choose to serve.
You’ll receive a living allowance to help cover the cost of
basic expenses. Your living allowance will be disbursed in biweekly paychecks
over the course of your service. See the box on the right for approximate award
Congress established the National Service Trust to provide
an education award to members who successfully complete service in AmeriCorps.
You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to use the
award. You can use your award to:
- Pay tuition
- Pay for
See the box on the right for approximate award amounts.
your education awardRead more
Here’s what you need to know about qualifying for and
gaining access to your award:
- You must
complete all AmeriCorps requirements before you are exited and eligible
for your award.
AmeriCorps staff notify you that you have been successfully exited from
the program, you get to your award through your My AmeriCorps account.
- It can take
up to a week after you have been successfully exited from the program for
your award to post to your account.
- In your My
AmeriCorps account, select the option to view your educational voucher to
learn how to distribute your award.
the amount you want applied to educational expenses. *Before you distribute
your award, contact the school or student loan agency to make sure your award
is applied correctly. Some schools will automatically apply your award to
tuition if you do not notify them before you distribute your award.
Deferment of student loansRead more
You may qualify for the postponement or
forbearance of the repayment of your loans during your service. Contact your
lender for more specific information or to confirm your loan status during
Interest paymentsRead more
While your school loans are in deferment during your
AmeriCorps service, interest continues to accrue. If you successfully complete
your term of service and earn an education award, the National Service Trust
will pay all or a portion of the interest that has accrued on your qualified
student loans during this period.
our award FAQs to learn more.
As an AmeriCorps member, your work will translate directly
into professional experience in your chosen field. Many members find their
AmeriCorps year provides them with more experience and skills than they would
have gotten in a traditional, paying job. Areas you can expect to gain strong
skills in include: