Can I defer student loans during my service with AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps members may qualify for postponement, or forbearance, of the repayment of their loans during service. The education award will help you pay off qualified student loans when you're finished. You may also qualify to have the interest accrued on your student loans during service paid for by the National Service Trust. Contact your lender for more specific information or to confirm your loan status during AmeriCorps service. For more information, please visit our Postponement page.  


Can I join AdviseMI if I am not a U.S. Citizen?

For AmeriCorps State and National and AmeriCorps NCCC you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States to serve as an AmeriCorps member.


What is a living stipend?

A living stipend is the amount you are paid during your year of service. AmeriCorps members with AdviseMI are paid bi-weekly and their living stipend is divided between the pay periods of their service year.


Do I need any advising experience or do I need to have a certain major to apply for AdviseMI?

No! AdviseMI does not require any experience or a specific major. We are proud of the robust training we are able to provide to our members to help prepare them to enter their service sites.


How are high school placements determined? Do I get to choose where I serve?

During the application process, applicants are asked where they would like to serve. AdviseMI staff then set up interviews with those schools. We do require that advisers live within 45 minutes of their service site, as we believe it is important for an adviser to live in or near the community they are serving.


What is the interview process like?

AdviseMI hosts interview days in the spring. During these interview days, we bring in multiple service sites to one location so that candidates are able to interview at multiple schools on the same day and service sites are also able to interview multiple candidates. Interviews last approximately 30 minutes with representatives from the high school including the site supervisor. We provide additional options for candidates and service sites who are unable to attend these interview days.


Why are applicants required to be a graduate of a partner institution?

Our program does have some constraints regarding our hiring process. We do require that our applicants are recent graduates from one of our partner institutions. AdviseMI is fortunate to have multiple funding partners that directly contribute to the success and impact of our program. Our higher education institution partners are some of our biggest supporters and champions. Each of our higher education partners agrees to sponsor a certain number of alumni slots for AdviseMI. They contribute a cost-share that allows us to hire recent graduates from their institution.


What is summer training?

In August we host summer training for our entire cohort of advisers. Training begins with a 2-day orientation which is followed by 4 days of virtual training (to be completed at home or wherever the adviser chooses). The remaining 3 weeks of training are residential and held in East Lansing. AdviseMI provides meals and housing for these three weeks. Training topics include FAFSA completion, cultural humility, institutional match and fit, Michigan’s climate of higher education, working with special populations, and many other areas. Expert speakers are brought in from across the state to offer essential information. We also coordinate campus visits to each of our partner institutions each week during training.


When is the application deadline?

We continue to hire until all placements are filled, however, we recommend submitting an application before March 1 to ensure applicants are able to interview at as many high schools as they would like.


Who is eligible to apply for the College Adviser position?

Applicants must have graduated in or before December 2017 from one of our partner institutions and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or legal permanent resident alien of the United States. If you do not meet these requirements and would still like to apply, contact advisemi@micollegeaccess.org.


Is this a full-time job?

This is a service position that requires full-time hours. College Advisers generally serve the same hours expected of other school employees at their placement sites, along with some additional hours.