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Using Your Education Award

Here are some resources to help you with your Education Award:

Having problems with your Award? Try using the help desk through the MyAmeriCorps portal or call the National Service Trust at 1-800-942-2677. The Trust is staffed by live operators from 8:00-6:00 EST.  The intro is long, so you can press 2 for "My AmeriCorps" questions, or 3 for Segal Education Award questions. 

Using your Ed Award and concerned about taxes? The following helpful tips and links were provided by Richard Melo from the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory:

  • The National Service Knowledge Network (part of CNCS) has some information on taxes as it relates to the Ed Award.
  • If you are also going to school, you should look into tax credits that are available. You will need to fill out a Form 1040 (not EZ) in order to take advantage of these.
  • If you are concerned about taxes, you might try using your award over the course of multiple tax years (for example, half in 2015 and half in 2016). This can help prevent you from bumping into a higher tax bracket.
  • If you are going to school you should make sure you are taking full advantage of your financial aid opportunities before using your Ed Award.
  • If a mistake is made (for example, there have been cases in which members have reported their Ed Award as income in a year BEFORE they actually used it and paid taxes twice), you can amend your tax return and get a refund. This has to happen within three years of overpaying the taxes.