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.

Living allowance

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 amounts.

Educational 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
  • Purchase educational supplies
  • Pay for educational training
  • Repay student loans

See the box on the right for approximate award amounts.

Accessing your education award

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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.
  • Once 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.

Indicate 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 loans

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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 AmeriCorps service.

Interest payments

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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.

View our award FAQs to learn more.

Professional development

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:

  • teamwork
  • communication
  • responsibility