Compensation and Benefits

 

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.

 

Professional skill-building

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 bi-weekly living allowance (every two weeks). Prior to taxes, the living allowance is $544 for full-time tutors and $272 for part-time tutors. Payroll taxes are deducted from your bi-weekly living allowance. You can estimate the amount of payroll taxes withheld from your living allowance by viewing our Tax Calculator. Click here to see a sample of the program year pay schedule.

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 Reading 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 $5,730 (for full-time service) or $2,865 (for part-time 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 benefit. 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 relative earned the award. 

Note: Individuals may only earn 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 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

 

Health insurance

Full-time members are eligible to enroll in a health insurance plan through Minnesota Math Corps.

Because this plan may differ from a traditional major medical health plan, members are encouraged to review the 2015-16 Health Plan Summary and the online tutorial to determine if the insurance provided by Minnesota Math Corps will meet their health needs during their term of service.  Dental and vision coverage will be provided starting September 1, 2015. The dental and vision plan details are available here

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 the Cigna website (using the OAP Plan) to find a doctor or facility in the network. 

Have more questions? Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for more information. 

 

 

Childcare assistance

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.