Segal AmeriCorps Education Award

Will the My AmeriCorps portal show members and programs the value of education awards that a member has already earned?

Yes. A member’s home page shows the aggregate value of education awards earned to date. Also, when a program enrolls an individual into a position, the enrollment screen will show that information. A statement similar to this will be on the screen:

This member has served in 2 previous terms of service earning the value of "1.5" full-time education awards

out of a maximum possible two full-time education awards (2.0).

Do I have to use the on-line My AmeriCorps system to request payments?

In order to prevent a delay in the processing of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award payments, individuals must request payments electronically using our on-line system, My AmeriCorps. This is a secure, user friendly and fast method for requesting payments to be remitted to qualified schools or loan holders. It also provides electronic records of payments requested and there are no forms to mail.

May an individual transfer an education award by creating a payment request through the My AmeriCorps portal and submitting the request to the recipient’s institution for certification?

No. A transfer cannot be made using the payment request process.

The transfer offer is made by creating a Request for Transfer to an eligible recipient. The recipient must accept the transfer offer for the transfer to be completed. Once the transfer is successfully completed, the recipient is able to use the transferred award balance to make a payment to a qualified institution.

What rules apply to the recipient of a transferred award?

The recipient of a transferred award must: be the child (which includes step-child), grandchild (which includes step-grandchild), or foster child of the transferring individual; be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the US; have been designated as the recipient by a qualified award-earner; and complete the required process for accepting the award.

Can an eligible individual transfer an education award using the My AmeriCorps portal?

Eligible members are able to transfer their education awards using the My AmeriCorps portal. From a member’s home page, click on the “Create Transfer Request” option and follow the instructions. Occasionally, additional information is required and the requesting member will be contacted by a National Service Trust staff member.

May a program use funds from the Corporation for member support costs (living allowance, health care) for a member who has already received the value of two full-time education awards and is only eligible for a “zero value” education award?

Yes. A program may use funds from the Corporation for member support costs for a member who has already received the aggregate value of two full-time education awards if the member has not yet served the maximum number of terms for that program. A program may not use funds from the Corporation for member support costs for a member who has already served the maximum number of terms for that stream of service.

If a person has already met the limit on the “aggregate value of two full-time awards” earned, can the person still enroll in another term?

Members in this situation who are ineligible to earn additional education awards may be eligible to serve additional terms, as long as the person does not exceed the term limit for the program. The individual can enroll for an education award with a zero value.

What is a “zero value” education award?

A “zero value” education award is an education award that has a monetary dollar amount of $0 and a corresponding value of 0. If an individual has met the limit on the aggregate value of two full-time education awards received, he or she may enroll in an additional term of service, as long as the person does not exceed the term limit for that particular national service program. Program term limits are shown above.

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