U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawful permanent residents aged 17 or older
Members serve full- or part-time over a 10- to 12-month period
Full-time members receive an education award of $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back student loans
Members also receive health insurance, training, & student loan deferment
About half of the members also receive a modest annual living allowance of about $9,300 along with health insurance
Members who serve part-time receive a partial education award
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engage more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, & the environment
AmeriCorps members serve through more than 2,100 nonprofits, public agencies, & faith-based organizations. They tutor & mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks & streams, run after-school programs, & help communities respond to disasters
AmeriCorps*State & National: Organizations receiving grants are responsible for recruiting, selecting, & supervising AmeriCorps members. AmeriCorps grantees include national groups like Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, and Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as many small faith-based & community organizations
AmeriCorps VISTA: Members serve full-time for a year in nonprofits, public agencies & faith based groups throughout the country, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create business, increase housing opportunities, or bridge the digital divide. See www.americorps.gov for more details
AmeriCorps NCCC: A 10-month, full-time residential program for men & women between the ages of 18 & 24; combines the best practices of civilian service with the best aspects of military service, including leadership & team building. Priority is given to projects in public safety, public health, & disaster relief.
AmeriCorps Promise Fellows: A leadership cadre of committed, talented individuals who dedicate a year of their lives to building a better future for children & youth. Special partnership between AmeriCorps & America’s Promise—the Alliance for Youth; spearheading community efforts to provide young people with the Five Promises identified at the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. See www.americorps.gov
AmeriCorps Education Awards are awarded after a member successfully completes the required term of service for their program. AmeriCorps*VISTA members may choose to receive a cash payment of $100 per month of service instead of the education award. If they’re a member of any other AmeriCorps program, they will be eligible only for the education award. After successfully completing one full-time term of service (at least 1,700 hours over one year or less), member is eligible for $4,725. After successfully completing one part-time term of service (at least 900 hours over 2 years or less), member is eligible for $2,362.50. Short-term program, such as a summer program, is eligible for a “reduced part-time” award—usually $1,000 or less. Can receive up to two education awards.
Questions about education award, call 1-888-507-5962.