Serve Your Country and Earn Money for College
There are a number of options to think about when you look at ways to pay for college.
This page contains links to programs that allow you to serve your community, learn new skills and earn money for college
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. AmeriCorps NCCC members serve communities in every state, but live and train at five regional campuses (Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, Iowa ).
AmeriCorps NCCC requires an intensive, 10-month commitment. Members serve in teams of ten to twelve and are assigned to projects throughout the region served by their campus. They are trained in CPR, first aid, public safety, and other skills before beginning their first service project.
For all AmeriCorps programs, members receive a modest living allowance, and some programs provide housing. You may not save much money during your year of service, but most members find the living allowance to be adequate to cover their needs. AmeriCorps members who complete a term of service also receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
Scholarships Through the Military
Each of the major branches of the military have programs that help students pay for the cost of college in exchange for service in the military. Learn more at
- Air Force ROTC Scholarships
- Army ROTC Scholarships
- Navy ROTC Scholarships
- Local ROTC Units and other programs
Updated May 28, 2011