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Segal AmeriCorps Education Award News

October 6, 2009

From what we here at AmeriCorps Alums are hearing, The Corporation for National and Community Service continues to be highly focused on implementing the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. The Act made important changes to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, including increasing the amount of future awards, expanding the available uses of future awards, and authorizing individuals over 55 to transfer the award to a child or grandchild under certain conditions.  Some of these provisions take effect the beginning of this month, while others must undergo rulemaking.

Beginning October 1, the maximum education award value will be equivalent to the maximum value of the Pell Grant for the award year for which the national service position was approved. For terms of service supported with 2010 funds, this amount will be $5,350.  Because approval of national service positions is on a different schedule for VISTA and NCCC than for AmeriCorps State and National, eligibility for the increased education award will depend on the program in which a member is enrolled.  In essence, VISTA and NCCC members who enroll after October 1 will be eligible for the higher amount, while AmeriCorps State and National members will be eligible when they enroll in programs funded by 2010 grants, which will be awarded next summer.  We encourage you to read the FAQ on the changes to the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for more details about these changes and contact your program director for information on how much your education award will be this year!

AND… Over the past year and a half, AmeriCorps Alums has worked to help eliminate taxation on the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, and this week (October 5-9, 2009) will be critical to the success of that effort.  The Ways and Means Committee is expected to take action on H.R. 1596 over the course of this week.  Stay tuned to learn how you can take action to further this effort.

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