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.
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.
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.