Segal AmeriCorps Education Award Payments By State

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Like the G.I. Bill, AmeriCorps is based on a simple idea: when you serve your country, you get help to pay for education.  Since its inception, AmeriCorps has helped more than a half million Americans pursue their dream of higher education. 

After completing a full-time service term, AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used to pay for college or technical school or to pay back student loans. The dollar amount of a full-time education award is tied to the maximum amount of the U.S. Department of Education's Pell Grant. AmeriCorps members may earn up to the value of two full-time education awards and have seven years from the date they earned each award to use it.

Since 1994, AmeriCorps alumni have earned more than $3.3 billion in education awards and have used more than $2.4 billion of those awards to pursue higher education, including $1 billion to repay student loans at a time of rising college costs.

The $2.4 billion in education award payments have gone to thousands of college, universities, technical schools, and loan-servicing institutions in every US state and territory and some international institutions.  The payments strengthen these institutions while helping AmeriCorps alums invest in their own futures by making higher education more affordable. 
The following chart shows the total amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Award payments made by State since AmeriCorps’ inception through September 30, 2016.  The notations provide further detail about the data and methods.To download or create visualizations of this dataset, visit our Open Data platform.

Payments made to higher education and loan holding institutions from Fiscal Year 1995 through Fiscal Year 2016

StateAll PaymentsEducation PaymentsLoan PaymentsAll IndividualsIndividuals (Education)Individuals (Loan)
District Of Columbia$19,900,000$19,400,000$500,0005,9005,600300
New Hampshire$11,700,000$6,200,000$5,500,0003,5002,0001,700
New Jersey$15,800,000$13,700,000$2,100,0005,5004,900700
New Mexico$13,500,000$12,100,000$1,400,0004,8004,500400
New York$339,100,000$202,700,000$136,400,00083,60043,80042,700
North Carolina$35,600,000$26,700,000$8,900,00011,7008,9003,200
North Dakota$3,200,000$1,700,000$1,500,0001,200700400
Puerto Rico$4,700,000$4,500,000$200,0001,3001,300100
Rhode Island$9,900,000$8,600,000$1,300,0003,8003,200600
South Carolina$12,400,000$9,100,000$3,300,0004,1003,300900
South Dakota$32,900,000$2,400,000$30,500,00010,0009009,200
West Virginia$13,000,000$12,800,000$200,0006,4006,300100
United States$2,458,100,000$1,423,900,000$1,034,200,000578,200411,600240,400


Data Column Descriptions

StateU.S. State and Puerto Rico.
All PaymentsSum of education and loan payments.
Education PaymentsSum of educational scholarships that have been used to pay the costs of attending any accredited institution.
Loan PaymentsSum of educational scholarships that have been used to repay student loans or any interest that accrues and is paid on qualified student loans while an individual is serving in AmeriCorps.
All IndividualsA distinct count of all AmeriCorps members who have made an education payment or a loan payment. Individuals can make either or both payment types with their education award. Does not count individuals if payment type is not categorized in either category.
Individuals (Education)A distinct count of all AmeriCorps members who have made an education payment.
Individuals (Loan)A distinct count of all AmeriCorps members who have made a loan payment.

a. Includes all Segal AmeriCorps Education payment types, including interest payments.
b. Payment subcategories rounded down to hundred thousand place.
c. Total payments calculated as sum of rounded subcategories.
d. Individual count is rounded down to hundreds place and represents distinct count of unique individuals. Individuals expend across State and payment type boundaries. Total count of individuals will not equal sum of sub category values.
e. State derived from payment recipient State code. State assignments current as of May 3, 2017 and are subject to change in future reporting which could affect State totals.
f. International mailing, Unassigned State, APO, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa were not included in this analysis.
g. Reimbursements and payment cancelation adjustments are distributed evenly amongst payment subcategories pre rounding.
h. $3.2 million in payments made by 2,900 individuals since 1994 were not able to be categorized as either Education Payments or Loan Repayments and are not included in the totals.
i. Payment to eligible institutions is made on behalf of the AmeriCorps member or recipient of transferred awards at their request. AmeriCorps members must use their award within seven years of completing their term of service. Recipients of transferred awards must use the award within ten years from the date the education award was earned.
j. Loan payments are those made to qualified student loans. Qualified student loans is defined as a loan backed by the federal government under Title IV of the Higher Education Act (except PLUS Loans to parents of students) or under Titles VII or VIII of the Public Health Service Act. Under this category, AmeriCorps alumni may also use their Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to repay a student loan that was made to the member by a state agency, including state institutions of higher education.
k. Eligible schools for education payments are higher educational institutions, both domestic and foreign, that currently participate in the Department of Education’s Title IV student aid programs. They are referred to as "Title IV schools." This category includes most post-secondary colleges, universities, and technical schools. The education award can also be used for programs of education, apprenticeship, or on the job training that have been approved for educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
For more detail on how members may use their education award, please visit:

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