AmeriCorps denying Education Award - What to do?
November 27, 2012 6:17 PM Subscribe
My AmeriCorps program is denying me my education award after I have served 10 out of the 11 months in my service year. The reason is because I am leaving for Teach for America.
posted by Kombucha3452 to law & government (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Technically, according to NCCC official policy, "If a member is a welfare recipient and is able to obtain a job that will get him or her off welfare, the program may deem his or her early departure from a program as a compelling personal circumstance. The Corporation encourages individuals who have been receiving public support to take opportunities to become economically independent. The Corporation would not want such an individual to relinquish that opportunity out of fear of loss of a pro-rated education award. For an individual to be released for compelling personal circumstances for this reason, the program would need to determine that the individual was receiving welfare, and had obtained employment as part of an effort to become self-sufficient."
Since I am doing my service year in a very expensive area, I am a "welfare recipient" on food stamps. But when I brought this to my program's attention, they said that TFA does not count as a "real job," because it is am AmeriCorps program, even though it pays a teacher's salary.
What can I do, MeFi? Any and all help is appreciated!