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Compensation and Benefits
- Training and coaching in mathematics curriculum
- Professional skill building
- Deeper community involvement
- Biweekly living allowance
- Education award and student loan forbearance
- Health insurance
- Childcare assistance
Training and coaching in mathematics curriculum
Tutors receive training from well-respected mathematics experts in Minnesota. The mathematics training provides knowledge and tools for tutors to feel confident in their ability to help students master their math skills. Tutors are also assigned to an Internal Math Coach at their site to provide individual guidance and support.
Tutors may also attend non-mathematics trainings sponsored by Minnesota Math Corps. These trainings focus on professional development and are designed to be relevant, useful, and eye-opening experiences.
The children aren’t the only ones who grow skills. Minnesota Math Corps tutors grow along with them. For tutors who are pursuing or continuing an education career, the hands-on experience and mathematics training offer an invaluable stepping stone. Additionally, tutors work closely with on-site staff who can offer insight and a “foot in the door” in the field. For tutors not pursuing an education career, being part of Math Corps builds essential career skills such as professionalism and communication, gives entry level individuals real responsibility and provides the impressive AmeriCorps name to their resumes.
Deeper community involvement
By committing to a year of AmeriCorps service, Math Corps tutors build a deeper connection and dedication to their community. In addition to daily tutoring service, Math Corps provides the opportunity to participate in community service projects and activities throughout the year, becoming more active citizens and furthering their impact beyond their tutoring service.
Biweekly living allowance
Tutors receive a biweekly living allowance, which is approximately $500 for full-time tutors and $250 for part-time tutors. Click here to see a sample of the year-long pay schedule.
Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to serve for one year with Minnesota Math Corps. Click here to access a Personal Budget Tool. Be advised this is not a professional budget and tax tool, it provides only an estimate based on values entered by you.
Education award and student loan forbearance
Tutors who successfully complete their year of service will receive an education award of $5,550 for full-time service or $2,775 for part-time service. The education award can be used to pay back federal student loans or the cost of tuition. The education award is a voucher that has a seven-year expiration period and can be used at any accredited post-secondary school. Please note that the Education Award is considered taxable income in the year that it is used.
Tutors who are 55 or older at the start of their service enjoy an additional benefit. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child, grandchild or foster child within seven years. The award must be used within ten years of the tutor receiving it.
If a tutor is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during his or her year of 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.
Alternatively, instead of using your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to cut student loan debt, consider the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, in which the federal government forgives the balance of your student loans if 1) you have worked full-time for a qualified non-profit for 120 months and 2) have made consistent payments toward your student loan debt. If you are on an income-based repayment plan, you could potentially save tens of thousands of dollars. Calculate the amount you would be expected to save through the PSLF program and income-based repayment by using the income-based repayment calculator
Full-time members are eligible to enroll in a limited benefits health insurance plan through Minnesota Math Corps.
Because this is different than a traditional major medical health plan, members are encouraged to review the 2012-2013 Health Insurance Plan Summary and view the online tutorial to determine if the insurance provided by Minnesota Math Corps will meet their health needs during their term of service.
Health coverage is available for full-time members only. The insurance does not cover dependents. Using a health care provider "in the network" will save money. You may search their website to find a doctor or facility in the network. The coverage only provides a maximum of $150 of preventive care each year. Tutors must pay for prescriptions out-of-pocket and file a claim (attaching the proper receipt) to be reimbursed.
Full-time members may qualify to receive child care assistance. There are income eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive reimbursement. The Childcare Fact Sheet provides more information regarding the application process.
Meet our Tutors
“I joined Math Corps because I love working with kids, I enjoy math, and my greatest passion is social justice. Through Math Corps, I knew that I would truly make a difference. The benefits were also very appealing as the education award will make a nice dent in my massive student loan debt. Although I'm not a licensed teacher, I have gained invaluable experience in classroom management, organizational skills, data analysis, and effective tutoring/teaching.”Tyler Hansen, Math Enrichment Tutor Hear More Stories