Benefits

Below are brief descriptions of benefits associated with our program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Program Director for more information.

Monthly Stipend

Members receive a $1202.86 living stipend per month, with certain standard deductions (social security, income tax, etc.). Half of this amount is paid on the 5th and again on the 20th of each month. The first stipend check will be issued three weeks after service begins.

Direct deposit is required of all members.

Holiday, Sick, & Personal Days

Members are expected to serve a minimum of 40 hours a week in order to reach the 1700-hour requirement for the education award. Members are allowed some limited personal time off during the year. Personal time must be approved in advance and you must be on track for reaching your 1700-hour goal.

Make A Difference Day and Martin Luther King Day are service project days that you are required to attend. These service projects can fall on a weekend or holiday (MLK Day).

Health Insurance

All members who do not already have health insurance coverage are covered under a basic health insurance policy from the first day of service to the last. This is at no cost to the member. Dental and vision benefits are unfortunately not covered. The insurance is up to date with all requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Insurance Brochure & Website (coverage may change each program year)

Education Award

Upon completing a term of service and 1700 hours, members earn a $5,815 education award.

More Information on the Education Award
Schools Matching the Education Award

Loan Deferment/Forbearance

Members are eligible to put their loans into forbearance during their term of service. It is a good idea to contact all your loan lenders to make sure you can receive forbearance during your term of service with AmeriCorps. After your service term has started, you will fill out an online form for each of your loans to put them into forbearance. We highly recommend you contact all your loan lenders to let them know what you will be up to in the coming year. AmeriCorps will pay interest that accrues on qualified school loans during a member's term of service. The payment will be made after the member successfully completes the term of service. This payment is counted as taxable income.

Mileage Reimbursement

Members will be asked to travel to meetings and trainings during the service year. The reimbursement rate for travel to these events during service is 45 cents per mile with the requirement that members carpool.

You are not required to bring a car to serve with our program, except in certain rural locations and certain service sites. If you do choose to bring a car, the reimbursement unfortunately does not apply to relocation from your home to your service site.

Washington State Basic Food Program

The AmeriCorps monthly living allowance is not counted as income when determining eligibility for the Basic Food Program (food stamps), issued through the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).

Receiving support from family members you may be living with or owning assets in your name can affect your eligibility for the food program. Most members do qualify, especially those who live alone, with other members, or with dependents.

Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Website

Child Care

The AmeriCorps Child Care Benefits Program is a childcare program that all full-time members can apply for if they have children under the age of 13. Your eligibility is based upon your household gross monthly income, which includes your monthly living allowance and income of any spouse. Some members therefore have partial coverage of their child care costs, while others may qualify for full coverage. Application for this benefit can take several weeks to process.

You may choose a licensed care provider or an unlicensed care provider to come to your home and provide for your child only.

Child Care Powerpoint
Child Care Benefits Website

A Note on Benefits

The benefits listed on this page may not apply to all applicants. The benefits that are guaranteed to all members are the living allowance, mileage reimbursement (if applicable), and education award (upon successful completion of a service term).

Food assistance, child care, and student loan deferment are based on individual situations. Health insurance is available to all members who are not already covered on another health insurance plan. Please contact us if you would like further information on benefits.