Another possible way to help pay for college is to take
a community service job through an organization like
AmeriCorps or City Year. Both organizations require a
time commitment (typically nine months to a year), but
you will earn education awards.
AmeriCorps. AmeriCorps is the domestic version of the
Peace Corps, and some of this service occurs on Indian
reservations. Most jobs require a full-time commitment
of 1,700 hours during a year (9 months to one year).
Part-time jobs require 300 to 900 hours of work.
The benefits-beyond making a difference in a
To be eligible for AmeriCorps, you must be 17 or older and
have a high school diploma or a GED. To learn more, visit
http://www.americorps.gov/ or call (800) 942-2677.
City Year. City Year members mostly work in schools as
tutors or mentors. You could run after-school programs or
conduct leadership classes. You also could help rebuild
or improve neighborhoods. After 10 months of full-time
service, you could receive a $5,350 education award to
pay for college or existing student loans. To be eligible
for City Year, you must be between 17 and 24 years
old and have a high school diploma or GED
(or pursuing a GED). To learn more, visit
Some colleges "sweeten the pot" for individuals who have
worked for these organizations by waiving registration fees.
They might even grant course credits.