SPEA strongly encourages students who have successfully completed volunteer service with AmeriCorps to apply. Alumni of the AmeriCorps program qualify for a reduction of 3 credit hours per year of service with a maximum award of 6 credit hours. This is a value of at least $2,700 per year of service, depending on the residency. AmeriCorps alumni also satisfy the experiential requirement of the MPA and MSES degrees. Additionally, all who apply by SPEA's February 1 Priority Aid Deadline will be considered for merit aid opportunities including graduate, teaching, and research assistantships, as well as SPEA's nationally recognized Service Corps program.