- 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 term 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. Through these opportunities, members become more active citizens and further their impact beyond their tutoring service.
Biweekly living allowance
All tutors receive a bi-weekly (every 2 weeks) living allowance. This living allowance is taxed as income and members will need to complete a W-4 for this position. We recommend that you visit this IRS site. This calculator will help you to calculate how much will need to come out. It takes into consideration other factors such as additional income, previous filings, deductions, etc. You can also consult your tax adviser.
Applicants must take a careful look at their financial situation to determine if they can afford to commit to a year of service with Minnesota Math Corps.
Education award and student loan forbearance
Tutors who successfully complete their term of service will receive an education award at the end of their service. The education award may be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions, as well as to repay qualified student loans. The award has a seven-year expiration period and 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 option for the use of their award. They may choose to transfer their education award to a child (including step-child), grandchild (including step-grandchild), or foster child. The recipient of a transferred award has ten years to use the award beginning on the date the member earned the award.
Note: Individuals may only receive the total value of two full-time education awards.
If a tutor is making payments to a federally-backed education loan, payments can be put into forbearance during the term 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.
When deciding how to best use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, take into consideration 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-driven 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.
Members serving in a full time capacity are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Minnesota Math Corps. However, the plan does not cover dependents of members. The plan is managed through Cigna and includes medical, dental, and vision coverage.
The 2017-2018 Health Plan Summary is now available. Members can review the plans below to gain a general understanding of the coverage and how it might meet their individual needs.
September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018
September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017
For greatest savings under this plan, members are encouraged to use "in-network" healthcare professionals. You may search the Cigna website (using the plan option "Open Access Plus, OA Plus, Choice Fund OA Plus") to find a doctor/dentist or facility within the network.
Have more questions? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Members serving in a full-time or three-quarter time capacity may qualify to receive child care assistance. The program is administered through GAP Solutions, Inc. In order to be eligible for the assistance program, members must meet income requirements. For more information on how to apply, plesae see our Guide to Applying. You can also visit the GAP AmeriCorps Website (https://www.americorpschildcare.com/) for more details, Frequently Asked Questions, and the rules and regulations surrounding the program's administration.