Frequently Asked Questions

Below are frequently asked questions regarding our MTCC National Service positions. If you have a question about service that is not answered here, please contact Claire Foley, Program Specialist, at foley@mtcompact.org.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed with colleges, universities, schools and nonprofits throughout Montana to do indirect service. VISTA members build capacity at these sites, focusing on the education and veterans services sectors. VISTA members help assess community needs, amplify local initiatives, and support long-term solutions to poverty.

AmeriCorps State members are placed in high schools, colleges, universities, and education-focused nonprofits throughout Montana, and do direct service with low-income and first-generation students. Corps members either serve with high school students, providing them structured, intensive college access support, or with college students as a college success coach.

Full-time MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members must:

      • Be at least 18 years old when they begin their VISTA service
      • Have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens, or persons legally residing in a state that have the following legal residency classifications: refugee, asylum or asylee, temporary protected status or deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) status. By law, only VISTA members who are either U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens—sometimes referred to as “Lawful Permanent Residents”—are eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Segal Education Award. All other members will receive an end of service cash stipend.
      • Have earned a college degree by the time they begin their VISTA service.

Montana Campus Compact welcomes persons of every ethnicity, origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, and economic status.

Full-time MTCC AmeriCorps State members must:

      • Be at least 18 years of age when they begin their AmeriCorps service
      • Have one of the following citizenship statuses: U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, or Lawful Permanent Resident Aliens.
      • Have obtained an Associate’s Degree or higher

Montana Campus Compact welcomes persons of every ethnicity, origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender expression, and economic status.

All full-time MTCC National Service members participate in Pre-Service Orientation, a Fall Training, the Community Building Institute, and End of Service Training. All trainings except the Community Building Institute are held in-person, and are opportunities to learn and reflect with the entire cohort of MTCC National Service members.  Trainings focus on information specific to service, life after service, and how to engage with Montana communities. Members are also provided with site-specific training when they begin service at their host site. Throughout the year, AmeriCorps State members meet weekly over video conferencing, and are trained on college access and success related topics. VISTA members meet monthly over video conferencing and are trained on capacity building topics.

MTCC VISTA members commit to one full year of service, beginning in the summer of 2020. MTCC State members begin on September 1st, 2020 and commit to serving until August 31st, 2021.

April 10th, 2020 is the Priority Application Deadline. Successful applicants who apply by this deadline will be matched with a host site by April 22nd. May 8th is the Second Application Deadline. Successful applicants who apply by this deadline will be placed with a host site by May 20th. After these deadlines, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all host sites are filled. We strongly encourage all interested applicants to apply by the Priority Application Deadline in order to have the most host site options available. Learn more about the application process here.

The most up-to-date position listings can be found here.

At Montana Campus Compact, we do our best to match applicants to positions that will utilize their strengths and meet the needs of the host site. During the interview process, candidates are asked for their top five site choices, and are matched with the site that best fits their skills and qualifications. For candidates that truly do not have a service site preference, or would simply like to serve where their skills are most needed, there is a “Serve Where Most Needed” option. If you select this option, you will be matched with a host site that MTCC staff believes your experience and qualifications will be most utilized.

Montana Campus Compact does not provide housing for its members. We do provide housing search assistance for interested members.

Full-time Montana Campus Compact AmeriCorps members receive a bi-weekly living allowance while in service to cover basic living costs and expenses. More information on financial benefits can be found on our Types of Service page and our Benefits of Service page.

Yes, full-time Montana Campus Compact National Service members are eligible for health insurance benefits.

As an AmeriCorps member, you may qualify for loan forbearance, loan deferment, or income-driven repayment plans. You may also be eligible to have the Corporation for National and Community Service to pay the interest accrued on qualified student loans during your service year. Check with your lending institution and the CNCS website for more information.

The Segal Education Award is given to MTCC National Service members upon successful completion of service. For the 2020-2021 service year, the amount is $6,195. The Education Award can be used to help members pay for educational expenses, such as student loans, higher education tuition, or other higher education-related expenses. The award is held in a federal trust, and can be accessed for up to 7 years after the end of service through your My AmeriCorps portal. Please refer to the Corporation for National and Community Service’s website on the Segal Education Award for the most accurate, up-to-date information.

No! Many applicants come from other parts of the country to serve with Montana Campus Compact.

A vehicle is not required to serve with Montana Campus Compact. There are some service positions that require a car; these will be noted on the service site descriptions.