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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How can I apply to be a Vet Corps member?
      You can apply by filling out the online application HERE

    2. What are the eligibility requirements to join Vet Corps?
      Applicants must be 1) an enrolled college student AND 2) a veteran or an immediate family member of a veteran.

    3. How does the program define “Veteran”?
      Veteran: “A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.”

      Active duty military service member: “Full-time duty in the active military service of the United States, including the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Coast Guard. This includes members of the Reserve Component serving on active duty or full-time training duty, but does not include full-time National Guard duty.”

    4. How long are the assignments?  Is it a full time position?
      Each program year begins on September 1st of any given year and officially concludes on August 31st of the following year.  Vet Corps positions are described as Quarter-Time positions, requiring the member to serve 450 hours within the program year.

    5. How flexible is the schedule to coincide with my school schedule?
      The service sites (local non-profit organization where members serve) are fully aware that all Vet Corps members are enrolled college students, and are therefore understanding that students’ schedules must be flexible and able to change throughout the academic year.

    6. Do I get paid?
      Vet Corps members are awarded a living stipend, worth up to $2,000.00.  This amount is paid in $200.00 increments, every other week, until the amount of $2,000.00 is met.

    7. What kind of service sites are available?
      Service sites that Vet Corps members serve are various non-profit organizations throughout the entire Fox Valley area.  The type of sites varies greatly, ranging from school programs (elementary, middle, and high schools), community gardens, medical organizations, college veteran resource centers, construction, and many others.

    8. Can I defer student loans during my service with AmeriCorps?
      Members may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, of the repayment of your loans during your service. The education award will help you pay off qualified student loans when you're finished.
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