Vermont Youth Tomorrow (VYT) Member Benefits

End-Of-Service Options

Members must choose either the education award or cash stipend, which they will receive upon successful completion of service.

  • Educational Award: $6,345 voucher, applicable to many existing and most future educational loans [must be used within seven (7) years; taxed during the year used] 

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  • Or approximately $1,800 cash stipend for a full year of service (VISTA Leader approximately $3,000).

Living Allowance:

  • Amount: Is dependent on the county in which a VISTA member serves. 

    • Members serving outside of Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties receive a gross bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $575.40.

    • Those serving in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties receive a gross bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $697.20.

    • The VISTA Leader receives a gross bi-weekly living allowance of approximately $667.52.

  • Payment: Every two weeks; 26 times per year

  • Tax: Federal Income Tax is withheld from the living allowance, state income tax, however, is not. 

Student Loan Forbearance or Deferment:

Members with existing student loans may be eligible for loan deferment or forbearance

(Members should contact their loan holders directly to verify)

Other Benefits:

  • Rent Subsidy: Some sites provide a rent subsidy for members, though not all.

  • Health Care: For those who qualify, there is a basic health care plan (no pre-existing conditions; no dependents; telephone: 1-855-851-2974) or AmeriCorps VISTA offers members a Healthcare Allowance. Information on both options can be found here.

    • For more information on alternative plans, click here.

  • Personal Leave: Ten (10) days

  • Medical Leave: Ten (10) days

  • Emergency Leave: Up to five (5) days if an immediate family member (e.g., parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, child) becomes critically ill or dies.

  • Holidays: VYT members observe all FEDERAL holidays; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day IS a service day.

  • Childcare: Childcare subsidy is available through CNCS for members who qualify.

  • Reimbursements:

    • Travel: Mileage to and from trainings and service related trips--paid by site.

    • Relocation Costs: Mileage or plane ticket to service site and home again at the end of service; based on .40 mile, which includes baggage allowance if relocating for service, depending on how far the member traveled (CNCS will only pay for plane, bus, and train travel arrangements made through its travel contractor)--paid for by CNCS. 

      • Settling-In Allowance: A one-time deposit of $750 is included in your first living allowance payment to help with initial settling in expenses, such as deposits and utilities.

  • Non-Competitive Eligibility in Civil Service: For one (1) year after service, may apply for federal jobs without competing against the general public (if the basic requirements of the job have been met)

  • Civil Service Credit: Service can be credited toward retirement from any federal agency; one (1) full year of service equals three (3) quarters.

  • Public Assistance: If receives public assistance (Food Stamps) before becoming a member, then living allowance cannot be counted in determining grant.