What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects over 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, health, and homeland security. AmeriCorps’ members serve with more than 2,000 non-profits, public agencies, and community organizations.


Members serve in full or part-time positions over a 10-12 month period.  Upon completion of their service, members receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $4,725 to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans.  Those members who serve part time will receive a partial education award.  Those members who participate in the VISTA program also have the option to select either the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award or an end-of-service stipend of $1,200.  Members also have access to other benefits such as: health insurance, child care, training, and student loan forbearance during their service.  Some members also receive a modest annual living allowance depending on the terms of their program. 


AmeriCorps’ consists of three programs in which applicants may enroll: (1) VISTA; (2) NCCC; and (3) AmeriCorps State and National. For more information on each of this programs see What are the different AmeriCorps programs?


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Who is eligible for AmeriCorps?