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Your stipend and local benefits

Learn more about your biweekly stipend and the various benefits awarded to City Year Greater Boston AmeriCorps members – both during and after service.

Plan & prepare

By prioritizing and planning, you can live in Boston on your City Year stipend. The information and resources below will help you prepare for your year (or two) of service.

Your stipend

  • As a City Year Greater Boston AmeriCorps member, you will receive a biweekly stipend of $1,156 (pre-tax).
  • The stipend will be paid via direct deposit every other Friday, contingent upon timesheets submitted on time and approved by your manager. Your manager will provide training on this process.

National benefits

In addition to your stipend, you’ll also receive health insurance, access to Employee Assistance and Talkspace Therapy programs for mental health, as well as relocation support.

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Local benefits

  • Several additional physical and mental health benefits
  • Our AmeriCorps members are generally eligible for food stamps and are encouraged to apply for this benefit. During your Registration Day session, you will receive a letter from City Year Boston that will be needed when you apply for food stamps.
  • We have a partnership with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and will often receive free transit passes for our AmeriCorps members.

Your student loans may be eligible for forbearance

You may be eligible to have the repayment of a qualified student loan temporarily postponed while you are serving. While a loan is in forbearance, the individual is not required to make payments. Learn more on AmeriCorps’ website to see if you’re eligible and how to apply.


Whether you are relocating or a longtime resident of Boston, you will benefit by having a housing plan in place before service begins.

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Keep yourself organized and ready for registration day.

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