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Benefits of Service

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

Living Allowance Stipend

  • Full-time members serving August to June receive a stipend between $750 and $955 (before taxes) every 2 weeks.
  • Three-quarter-time members serving 30 hours per week August to June receive a stipend between $525 and $669 (before taxes) every 2 weeks.
  • Half-time members serving 20 hours per week August to June receive a stipend between $375 and $478 (before taxes) every 2 weeks.

Stipends are paid in consistent biweekly amounts. The amount will be somewhere in the range listed for each commitment level. A range is listed because we have requested additional funds from AmeriCorps for the 2022-23 program year in order to increase living allowances. We will be notified in May if we received these additional funds and will then announce specific stipend amounts.

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 2022-23, the amounts are - up to $6,495 (1700 hour term) / $4,546.50 (1200 hour term) / $3,327.50 (900 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."