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What is a Segal Education Award?

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The Segal Education Award can be used to pay for future educational expenses, such as tuition, fees, and books, at a qualified higher education institution, including some vocational programs. It can also be used to pay back educational loans. In 2011, a full-time member earned $5500 and a part-time member earned $2,750. Individuals can serve up to four terms of service and earn up to two full-time education awards for a total of $11,000. Members have seven years to use their award. The Segal Award is subject to taxes, but like the living allowance, does not impact SSI benefits.

The Segal Award can be used to pay tuition or it can be used in more non-traditional ways, like paying for course materials or even a laptop. The website edaward.org and the booklet "Non-traditional Uses of the AmeriCorps Education Award" provide information on the Segal Award and excellent ideas for how to use it.

Keep in mind that this award is to be used to cover costs of attendance and each institution of higher learning, be it a technical school or a four-year university, may interpret "costs of attendance" their own way. Also, each institution may process the education award differently than the next. Call the institutionís financial aid office or bursarís office to see how that particular institution processes the award.

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Last modified Monday, April 8th, 2013