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AmeriCorps Member Benefits

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Living Allowance

Receive a modest living allowance to cover basic expenses during your service term.

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Money for College and Trade School

The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is offered to individuals who complete a term of service and can be used to pay for a range of educational expenses, like repaying qualified student loans or future tuition payments. You can earn up to two full Education Awards with multiple service terms.

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Loan Deferment and Interest Forbearance

Individuals in approved AmeriCorps positions are eligible for forbearance for most federally-guaranteed student loans. In addition, interest payments that accrue during service may be eligible for repayment by AmeriCorps.

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Professional Development

Jump-start your career and gain transferable skills employers value including leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving. Once you complete your service, leverage the Employers of National Service network, which connects you with hundreds of employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors who are committed to hiring alumni.

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Alumni Network

Join a network of like-minded leaders who are passionate about improving communities. AmeriCorps alumni receive access to special benefits and resources. For example, many colleges and universities match the Education Award and offer additional AmeriCorps scholarships.

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Childcare Benefit

If you have children under the age of 13, you may qualify for the AmeriCorps childcare benefit. Your approved benefit rates will be your childcare provider’s rates or the maximum allowable rate in the state the childcare is being provided (whichever is the lesser of the two). 


For AmeriCorps members participating in the VISTA program, we offer an opportunity to build your skills and prepare yourself for your next career move. Check out learning opportunities on the AmeriCorps VISTA Campus.

AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteer Benefits

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Some programs offer a modest stipend to qualified volunteers.

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Most programs offer supplemental health insurance. Volunteers can also receive supplemental accident and liability insurance while in service.

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Improved Health and Wellbeing

Studies have shown that volunteering and giving back improves overall health and happiness. AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers reported feeling happier and healthier while making a difference in their communities.

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Develop New Skills

AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers bring unique skills and experiences to help communities thrive. Build on those skills through your service.

Have a Question about Your Benefits?

Call the AmeriCorps Hotline at 1-800-942-2677, submit via webform or live chat with us.

Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

After successfully completing your term of service and enrolling in the National Service Service Trust, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs.

MyAmeriCorps Portal

Access important information including member and volunteer safety and security and other resources to help you have a successful service experience.

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Safety and Security

Understand the policies and procedures that AmeriCorps has established to ensure member and volunteer health and safety.

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