We know AmeriCorps VISTA can be inaccessible due to the living allowance. That’s why we offer extra benefits to do our part in changing the face of AmeriCorps.

What It Adds Up To In One Year

Click the options in the table below to view possible compensation scenarios.
Financial Support Amount
Living Allowance $12,311
Transportation $600 (gas) or $1,020 (bus)
Housing* $2,400 or $3,600 or $4,800 or $8,400
Individual Professional Development $400
Education Award or Cash Stipend $5,815 (Education Award) or $1,500 (Cash Stipend)
Total $15,711 - 27,946
*Housing allowances vary by location. See individual positions for details
See below for more detail.

Professional Development
We meet bi-weekly to prepare you for success during your year of service and beyond. All of our professional development opportunities will be anchored in a strong social justice and, particularly, a racial justice framework. Most trainings will touch on the following elements: Personal Development, Hard Skills, Content, Knowledge and Cohort Building.

Professional Development Budget
$400 Budget. Your site sets aside this fund for you to use to deepen knowledge and skills in a tailored way. Funds have been used to attend conferences, to take classes, to purchase computer programs, etc. Additionally, we provide a weekly professional development newsletter, connecting you to opportunities and events in the Twin Cities.

Cohort Experience
You will go through your term of service with 15 other people. Your cohort will serve as a social and professional network. We strive to provide a welcoming environment that cultivates relationship and team building within our VISTA cohort. Many of our VISTAs consider the cohort to be the most valuable aspect of their VISTA experience.

AmeriCorps VISTA Compensation and Benefits

$1,025 Stipened
Monthly stipend of $1,025 paid bi-weekly

Student Loan Postponement
Eligibility for postponement of student loans

Child Care
Eligibility for child care stipend

Relocation Allowance
Eligibility for relocation allowance up to $1000 for applicants moving 50+ miles from home of record, plus a settling in allowance

Federal Job Eligibility
Non-competitive eligibility for federal government jobs

Health Benefits
VISTAs have a few options for health benefits

Interest Accrual Payment
Eligibility for interest accrual payment

Completion Stipened
Eligibility for Segal Education Award of $5,815.00 or end of service stipend of $1500 upon successful completion of service


In order to serve as a VISTA you must meet certain AmeriCorps eligibility requirements:

  1. Must be at least 18 years old and
  2. Hold one of the following citizenship statuses: US citizen, US National, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens and persons residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status, or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status.

Each position will have its own eligibility requirements, please review the position postings carefully.

Questions? Contact E. Coco, Program Officer
E. Coco at 612-623-1652 or

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