Education expenses are considered “current” if they were incurred on or after the date the member began his or her term of AmeriCorps service.
Eligible educational expenses are based on:
- The Cost of Attendance (COA) for a degree or certificate-granting program at a Title IV school.
- Educational expenses for non-degree courses, such as continuing education courses offered by Title IV schools.
- Educational expenses for enrollment in GI Bill-approved programs
Each Title IV school’s financial aid office can determine a student’s COA based upon standard U.S. Department of Education guidance. The COA may include tuition, books and supplies, transportation, room and board, and other expenses.
For non-degree educational courses at Title IV schools, the appropriate administrative office that oversees the course—for example the Business Office for a Title IV school's Continuing Education Department—can determine the expenses necessary for the course. Normally it includes tuition, books, and supplies.
For eligible individuals who are enrolled in G.I. Bill-approved programs, the school’s approved Certifying Official for VA courses determines the expenses based upon criteria developed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.