Tutor Benefits

The Benefits of Becoming a Tutor

Education Award for Tuition or Student Loans

Tutors who successfully complete their terms of service will receive receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award education award. Awarded at the end of your the service term, it can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post secondary institutions, or to repay qualified student loans.

The award has a seven-year expiration period and is considered taxable income in the year that it is used. Please note: Tutors who complete more than one term of service may only receive the total value of two full education awards.

Tutors who are 55 or older at the start of their service have an additional option. They may choose to transfer the education award to a child, stepchild, grandchild, step-grandchild, or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has 10 years to use it, beginning on the date the member earned the award.

If a tutor is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during their service. Upon successful completion of the program, the accrued interest will be paid by the National Service Trust. Learn more about loan forbearance on the AmeriCorps website.

Health Insurance

Members serving full-time are eligible to enroll in health insurance through Minnesota Reading Corps. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical, dental, and vision coverage; it does not cover dependents. The 2018–2019 Health Plan Summaries are available for review here.

For greatest savings under this plan, members are encouraged to use in-network healthcare providers. Search the Cigna website (using the plan option “Open Access Plus, OA Plus, Choice Fund OA Plus”) to find providers in the network.

Educator Corps members (school employees who incorporate Reading Corps in their PreK classrooms) are not eligible for health insurance through Minnesota Reading Corps.

Child Care Assistance

Members serving full-time may qualify to receive child-care assistance through a program administered by GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. To learn more about how to apply, please see our guide. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps website for additional details, frequently asked questions and the rules and regulations of the program.

New Skills

Minnesota Reading Corps tutors grow right along with their students! For tutors who are pursuing or continuing careers in education, Reading Corps’ hands-on experience and literacy training offer a valuable stepping stone; tutors work closely with onsite educators who can offer insight as well as a foot in the door. Even for tutors not pursuing careers in education, being part of Reading Corps builds essential skills such as professionalism and communication, offers real responsibility in an entry-level position and adds the prestigious AmeriCorps name to their résumés.

Bi-weekly Paycheck

All tutors, with the exception of Educator Corps, are paid a living allowance every two weeks during their term of service. The living allowance is designed to help members meet the necessary living expenses incurred while serving in AmeriCorps.

This living allowance is taxed as income, and tutors complete a W-4. Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to a term of service with Minnesota Reading Corps.

New Friends of All Ages

Getting to know students — and taking pride in their progress — is one of the great benefits of being a Reading Corps tutor. Another is the opportunity to build your personal and professional networks. The initial four-day training and subsequent regional trainings provide the chance to meet dozens of fellow tutors. And tutors work closely with experienced educators and school administrators who often turn out to be valuable mentors, references and even future employers.

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