Tutor Benefits

The Benefits of Becoming a Tutor

A Stipend Every Two Weeks

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

This stipend is taxed as income, and tutors complete a W-4.

Estimated Stipend (every 2 weeks)

35 hours a week: $750
25 hours a week: $535
18 hours a week: $410

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.

Estimated Education Award (by starting month)

August 2021: Up to $4,441
October 2021: Up to $3,172
January 2022: Up to $2,417

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. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical, coverage for individual members. It does not cover dependents or Educator Corps members (school employees who incorporate Reading Corps in their PreK classrooms).

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.

2020–2021 Health Plan Summary (click to view)

The 2020-2021 plan year begins on September 1, 2020. The 2021-2022 Health Plan Summary will be available in July 2021.

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

Our tutors grow right along with their students! For tutors who are pursuing or continuing careers in education, this 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 or Math 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.

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 or Math 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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