After successfully completing a one year term of service, AmeriCorps members are eligible to receive an education award. The education award can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education or training, or to repay qualified student loans. The award is currently $1,147 for a year of reduced part-time service-300 hours. A member has up to seven years after his or her term of service has ended to claim the award.
What is the purpose of the AmeriCorps Education Awards Program?
The purpose of the AmeriCorps Program is four-fold:
- To expand opportunities for individuals to serve their communities as AmeriCorps members and earn educational benefits.
- To increase the number of communities across the country where AmeriCorps members are helping to meet local needs.
- To broaden the network of national service program sponsors and strategies.
- To encourage new non-federal resources to support service programs.
What can the education award be used for?
You can use your education award in the following ways, or a combination of them:
- to repay qualified existing or future student loans;
- to pay all or part of the current education expenses to attend a qualified institution of higher education; or
- to pay expenses while participating in an approved school-to-work program.
How many education awards can you receive?
There is no limit on the amount of AmeriCorps awards as long as you're matriculated student at Stony Brook University.
What types of loans can the education award repay?
Most postsecondary loans that are backed by the federal government are qualified for repayment with an AmeriCorps education award. Also, loans that are made by state agencies, including state colleges and universities are now qualified. Your lender should be able to tell you if your loan is qualified. Qualified loans include:
- Stafford Loans
- Perkins Loans
- William D. Ford Direct Loans
- Federal Consolidated Loans
- Supplemental Loans for Students
- Primary Care Loans
- Nursing Student Loans
- Health Education Assistance Loans
- Loans issued to AmeriCorps members by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
When can you use your education award?
You can use your education award any time after you receive your voucher -- up to seven years after the date you end your service. You can apply for an extension if:
- you are unable to use the award for some reason during that time; or
- you perform another term of service in an approved program.
Where can you get involved as an AmeriCorps member?
- Community Development
- Disaster Relief
I'm interested in AmeriCorps Educational Award program. What should I do next?
Please fill out the application included on this page and submit your resume on ZebraNet Job# 37047.
Federal Work-Study is one of the nation’s first financial aid program for college students. Congress requires that higher education institutions allocate seven percent of their FWS funds for community service jobs. Stony Brook Federal Work-Study funds are used to compensate students for time spent working directly related to the community-service/volunteer position with our community partners.
Work-study students qualify for these internships based on financial aid, and must have a car to get to the internship site. For information on work-study criteria or awards, please contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship Services.
If you are a work-study eligible student that is interested in the Community Service Federal Work-Study program, contact us.