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Benefits of Service

Joining the City of Lakes AmeriCorps program provides many rewards and benefits. 

Living Allowance

  • Full-time members serving January to June receive approximately $922 (before taxes) every 2 weeks
  • Part-time members serving 20 hours per week January to June receive approximately $488 (before taxes) every 2 weeks

If you receive state or federal benefits, such as SSI, SSDI, or Medical Assistance and you are concerned about how serving in AmeriCorps may impact your benefits, please read this FAQ designed specifically for Minnesota residents, as well as this handout.

Help with College Costs and Student Loans

  • Education Award depends on the total hour commitment you make. For 2021-22, the amounts are - up to $6,345 (1700 hour term) / $4,441.50 (1200 hour term) / $3,172.50 (900 hour term) / $1,718.25 (450 hour term) upon successful completion of service.
  • Loan Forbearance for qualified student loans, or time counted towards Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Health Coverage for eligible full-time members

Assistance paying for Child Care (eligible 1700-hour members only)

Professional Development

Direct Service Experience

Quote from a CoL alum that reads "City of Lakes has greatly impacted many of my decisions. It reinforced my interest in education, while helping me understand the angle at which I wanted to approach it."