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Life After VISTA

For the statewide Life After AmeriCorps*VISTA event, I used this to guide our VISTA members through the options after their year of service, and the steps needed to get there.
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Chris Anderson

on 29 June 2013

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Transcript of Life After VISTA

Loan interest paid only if deferred
?
Non-Competitive Elegibility Status
Allows you to be considered and hired for federal jobs, some which aren't open to the general public without going through the entire competitive process.
*
For Federal Jobs
Prove your NCE with the letter from the MyAmeriCorps Portal, and always declare it in your cover letter.
How to Use
After One Year After Service
2013
School, Military, Peace Corps can extend your status up to 3 years
2012
2012
2013
2014
2015
or
my.americorps.gov
www.vistacampus.org
More Info...
Career
Education
VISTA
Other
Ed Award
Stipend
Matching Schools
Loan Interest
Using Ed Award
Non-Competitive Status
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
Job Search
VISTA Leader
Extension
Re-Enroll
Forebearance
Peace Corps
Travel/Work Abroad
Start a NPO
IBR
Cooking Classes
Ed Award
Stipend
This Applies to Everyone!
No federal agency is required to use your NCE, and it does not guarantee you a job.
Complete the Additional Financial Info
Be an active participant in the process
Tuition
School Expenses
Perkins
15% Paid
$1500

Cold-Hard Cash
"I Have an AmeriCorps Ed Award"
Be aware of 1040 form types
+ Interest Paid for Year
Computer, Camera, Books,
Room & Board, etc.
Going to School?
$$$
or
Loans
No Competition
Trade schools

Places accepting the G.I. Bill

Overseas Title IV Schools

Outdoor education programs
Want to be
different?
Federal Jobs
Loans
Benefit Conversions
... small
Interest Accrued
Health
Life Insurance
There may be (probably are) less-expensive options than converting—but you have the option.
Good for 7 years
!
VISTA pays your interest if in forbearance
Taxable Income
+
-
PSLF
Public Service Loan Forgiveness
10 years
Forbearance
Apply at MyAmericorps
PSO
End of Service
AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL
6 Months
Forming
Storming
Norming
Performing
Adjourning
Last
Month

1st Month
Pre-Service Orientation
Elect end-of-service benefit
Take the Oath of Service
Leave for their project sites
1st Month
New members arrive at their project sites and begin service
Members receive On-site Orientation and Training to introduce them to their sponsoring organization, community, and role on the project
60 Days Left
Last chance to switch
from Ed Award to Stipend
In MyAmeriCorps: +End of Service Benefit Selection
80 Days Left
FUTURE PLANS FORM
6 Months
Begin to Update Resume
3 Weeks Left - Operation: Phase Out
Complete End of Term/Exit Form
Cash-stipend awardees: $400 of is dispursed
Is FPF completed and certified?
Confirm return travel plans to your home of record
Update forwarding mailing address
Check My AmeriCorps
Complete Part A, submit
Supervisor Part B, submit
Both parties Certify FPF
Have a meeting
45 Days Left
Deadline to certify Future Plans Form
End of Service Checklist
Within 30 Days
Submit Interest Accrual Request in My AmeriCorps
Send Travel Reimbursement Voucher + Receipts to VMSU
Continue health/insurance benefits?
Print Certification of Service + NCE Letter in My AmeriCorps
Baggage reimbursement is directly deposited within 50 Days.
Join AmeriCorps Alum groups
7 Days Left
Print Travel Ticket + Reimbursement Vouchers
All responsibilities should now be delegated to others
Celebrate!
FORMS!
Part A
Finished FPF!
Part B
10th Month
You & Supervisor Certify FPF
Future Plans Form Appears
(cc) image by nuonsolarteam on Flickr
(Supervisor)
Excitement · Anticipation · Anxiety · Optimism
Reality sets in · Frustration · Dissatisfaction · Adjustment anxiety
Shared Goals · Team Cohesion · Coping · Acceptance
Cohesiveness · Performance · Leadership · Teamwork
Separation Anxiety · Crisis · Dissatisfaction · Negativity
End of Service Benefits
Qualified
Loans
Stafford Loans
Perkins Loans
William D. Ford Direct Loans
Federal Consolidated Loans
Supplemental Loans for Students
Primary Care Loans
Nursing Student Loans
Health Education Assistance Loans
Loans issued to members by state agencies
like state institutions of higher education
and all loans are
forgiven
in a public service career
Nonprofits
Teachers
Federal Jobs
State Jobs
IBR
+
Income Based
Repayment
ICR
IBR
Deferment
(120 payments)
IBRinfo.org
AmeriCorps*VISTA Checklist
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