Hillary Clinton on Thursday said she wanted to boost the number of AmeriCorps members and significantly expand the educational benefits associated with the program.
Clinton’s plan calls for increasing the number of AmeriCorps service members to 250,000 from the current 75,000. She also would increase the amount of money AmeriCorps members can receive to attend college, and make those educational benefits exempt from taxes.
Under the proposal, an AmeriCorps member who completes two years in the program and spends an additional year in public service would receive more than $23,000. The current maximum benefit, called the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award, is $11,550.
The service proposal would cost $20 billion over the next 10 years and is part of Clinton’s $350 billion higher education plan announced last week.