Benefits of Serving with AmeriCorps

During your service, you will receive:

The AmeriCorps Living Allowance is a form of payment issued to AmeriCorps members so that they can cover their living expenses during their term of service. Living allowances are associated with the member's contract hours and length of service. The living allowance is unique in that it is paid out to you in equal payments during your term of service, regardless of the number of hours served.

Living allowances can be used towards anything that the AmeriCorps Member may need and has no restrictions for use.

The City of Dubuque AmeriCorps Program strives to provide as close to a 'livable' living allowance as possible, however, we understand that it's not always enough for some applicants. However, there are additional benefits and options that make AmeriCorps service possible, even though it might be more difficult. 

Check out a blog post about how members across the country have been able to serve:

How to Live on an AmeriCorps Stipend - ServeMinnesota

After your service, you will receive:

About the Education Award

After successfully completing your AmeriCorps term of service and enrolling in the National Service Trust, you 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.

The Value of an Education Award

The amount of a full-time Segal AmeriCorps Education Award is equivalent to the maximum value of the Pell Grant for the fiscal year in which the term of national service is approved.  The amount of the Pell Grant can change each year. Therefore, the amount of a full-time award can change. Once an individual earns an award, the dollar amount of that award will not change. The award amount varies based on the term of service completed. Learn more here.

Ways You Can Use Your Educational Award

Pay Educational Expenses

  • You can use your education award to pay current educational expenses at eligible schools and at certain GI Bill-approved educational programs for veterans.
  • Eligible schools are higher educational institutions, both domestic and foreign, that currently participate in the Department of Education’s Title IV student aid programs.   This category includes most post-secondary colleges, universities, and technical schools.

Repay Qualified Student Loans

  • The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award can only be used to repay the qualified student loans listed below:
  • Loans backed by the federal government under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (except PLUS Loans to parents of students)
  • Loans under Titles VII or VIII of the Public Service Health Act
  • Loans made by a state agency, including state institutions of higher education

Eligibility Requirements

  • To serve as a Corps Member, you must be 18 years of age, or be 17 with parental/guardian permission.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen (required for FEMA Corps), or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S.
  • Must a 3-part background check that includes the National Sex Offender Website Check, a state-level background check for Iowa + for your state of residence if not an Iowa resident, and a FBI Fingerprint check.
  • Have completed the initial series of the COVID-19 vaccine.


Reasonable Accommodations

AmeriCorps welcomes qualified individuals with disabilities into the service program. AmeriCorps does not have blanket rules that exclude candidates with particular health conditions or disabilities. The agency will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, gender identification, age, disability, or genetic information in assessing a candidate's ability to serve. The agency will make a reasonable accommodation to a known disability of a qualified candidate if it will not impose an undue hardship on the operations of the program.