Serve, Learn, & Earn
Paying for college is a challenge for most individuals and their families, making it imperative to find ways to offset the costs.
National and community service, such as AmeriCorps, is one avenue to explore as it is an excellent way to pay for some of the costs of college.
Each year hundreds of individuals, aged 17 and older, participate in National and Community Service through AmeriCorps. These full-time, part-time, and summer members gain valuable employment experience, contribute to their communities and explore new fields of work to clarify future career and postsecondary education goals. These opportunities can be just as rewarding and rich for individuals with intellectual disabilities as it is for those without disabilities. The National Service Inclusion Project and Serve Wisconsin are working to make service a more feasible option for all individuals. Visit www.serviceandinclusion.org and www.servewisconsin.wi.gov for more information about these efforts and to access resources.
What are the financial benefits of serving in AmeriCorps?
AmeriCorps members earn a modest monthly living allowance. This living allowance does not affect SSI benefits thanks to the HEART (Heroes Earning Assistance and Relief Tax) Act enacted in 2008. However, SSDI benefits are still impacted.
At the end of membersí terms of service, they also earn an education award called the Segal Education Award. This is a great way to help pay for the costs of college.