We are glad you are interested in joining AmeriCorps! With nearly 1 million members serving a variety of service terms in their communities since its inception in 1994, AmeriCorps is truly “Getting things done!”
The Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program will enroll over 500 members during the 2014-2015 grant year, which is open for enrollment from August 15, 2014 until August 14, 2015. Members will serve a cumulative 240,000 hours of service; together, they will earn nearly $800,000 in education awards!
We are excited for you to join our program and make a difference in your community.
Utah Campus Compact’s AmeriCorps Program offers three term options with respective education awards. Many institutions only offer one or two of these choices. Be sure you can commit to the service requirement before pursuing enrollment in the progress.
- 300-hour term of service: $1,195
- 450-hour term of service: $1,493
- 675-hour term of service: $2,150
After successfully completing their term, members will earn the The Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. The award can be used to:
- Repay qualified direct or indirect loans
- Members can apply the Education Award to current education expenses for the cost of attendance through the financial aid office on their campus
- The Education Award is good for up to 7 years, members can use it to go towards graduate programs, continuing education, trade and specialty school, and study abroad.
Forbearance- During your term of service, you may also qualify for forbearance, or stopping the required re-payment of student loans, and/or interest on those loans. You can find more information here.
For more information on the types of service that qualify for our program, please view the document here.
For more information on the terms of service offered by your institution, please contact your campus coordinator. Currently, the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program is available to students at Utah Campus Compact member institutions. Students must serve at one of Utah Campus Compact’s Qualified Service Sites.
To get started in the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program you will need to attend an orientation and pass a brief test afterwards with a score of 80% or higher. You may attend an in-person orientation (if offered by your institution) or one of our many orientations offered online. You can find our schedule of orientations on our events calendar here. The orientations are labeled as "Prospective AmeriCorps Orientation" on the calendar. Depending on the orientation you decide to take, it will determine your service start date. Please read the details of the orientation before registering. UCC has two enrollment start dates, the 1st of the month and the 15th of the month. Your orientation date determines your start date.
Once you complete the orientation, we will send an email which will provide you with a link asking you to fill out a Google Doc form. With the information collected from the form, we will be able to enter you into our IPT system, send you the login credentials, and have you start your enrollment application online!
Fingerprinting Information for UCC AmeriCorps:
You are required to get your fingerprints taken for an FBI Background Check. You will not be enrolled in the Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program until we have received confirmation that you either got your fingerprints done or you have scheduled a specific day to get your fingerprints done. If you intend to get fingerprints done at a location that is NOT your host institution, you MUST contact Utah Campus Compact at email@example.com to get on a list for another location. Please also make sure that you are NOT paying out of your own pocket for fingerprints. Utah Campus Compact will not be able to reimburse you.
Helpful Documents and References:
Here are some documents you may need to reference and/or complete to enroll in the AmeriCorps program.
- FBI FINGER PRINTING LOCATIONS
- How to Run NSOR (National Sex Offender Registry) Checks
- Site Accessibility Survey
- Qualified Service Sites (List)
- Qualified Site Contract
- List of Utah Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program Campus Coordinators
- Member Handbook
- Prohibited Activities
We look forward to enrolling you in the AmeriCorps program! The most important thing you can do is to make sure you are enrolled quickly and to make sure all the required forms that are discussed about in the online orientation are completed before meeting with your campus coordinator and before you even begin your service. Please contact your campus coordinator if you have any questions or concerns as you go through the enrollment process.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How can you become a VISTA with UCC?
1) Go to www.nationalservice.govand learn about the AmeriCorps VISTA Program
2) Make a profile on my.americorps.gov
3) Apply at www.nationalservice.gov. First go to website, and then click on “programs” at the top of the page. Select VISTA, and search Utah on the right hand side of the page. The position will be under “Higher Education Elevated”. You may also contact Val, the VISTA Leader at UCC ( 801-366-8462) if you have problems or questions. The national service website works best using Internet Explorer as your browser.
Who are campus coordinators?
Campus coordinators are the people at your college or university who will support you as you enroll and complete your AmeriCorps term of service.
Your campus coordinator works closely and communicates with Utah Campus Compact. They will work with you and Utah Campus Compact if you have troubles during your service, if you are delinquent with your time logs, and when you enroll and exit from the program. They should be your first stop with questions, concerns, and paperwork. Here is a list of campus coordinators.
Who are site supervisors?
Site supervisors work at the non-profit, school, or government organization where you will be completing the bulk of your service hours. They will be the people who look at your time logs and approve them first. In some cases, you may have a faculty member who serves as your site supervisor. Here is a list of qualified service sites for the 2013-2014 grant year. If the place where you would like to serve is not listed, please take a Qualified Site Contract with you to your site when you begin the enrollment process. Supervisors cannot be a relative or friend and must be employed by the organization where you serve.
Who is Utah Campus Compact?
Utah Campus Compact houses the AmeriCorps grant which you will be participating in. They serve as a support to the campus coordinators and the site supervisors. If you have any problems which cannot be resolved by your site or campus, you can contact the staff at Utah Campus Compact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When do I get my education award?
After you have fulfilled your duties as specified in your member contract and have completed all your hours, you will begin to exit the program. This process usually takes about two weeks. Once you are exited from the program, allow another two weeks for your education award to appear in your myamericorps portal.