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2 years, 3 months
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Up to 12 months
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3-6 months
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After Service Benefits

Completing your service means you gain benefits that last well beyond service, including transferable skills to help advance your career, graduate school benefits, and access to a vibrant alumni network and community.

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Benefits after completing two years of service in the Peace Corps

Upon completing two years of service, Peace Corps Volunteers receive additional benefits.

Readjustment allowance

Returned Volunteers who complete two years of service receive $10,000 (pre-tax) as a readjustment allowance to help you resettle upon close of service. This money is yours to use as you wish.

Student loan assistance

Returned Volunteers are eligible for the U.S. Department of Education Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Several federal programs and private loans may also qualify for further deferment or forgiveness. Ask your lender about your specific loan details.

Graduate school benefits

Graduate schools recognize the valuable service experience returned Peace Corps Volunteers bring to communities at home. You may qualify for reduced or even free tuition, assistantships, and stipends at more than 120 campuses through the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program.

Career advancement

Returned Volunteers find that service offers numerous career advancement opportunities that are transferable across various sectors. They gain crucial skills such as leadership, project management, and intercultural communication, which are valued in public and private industries. We routinely hear from employers who intentionally seek out Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Returned Volunteers also benefit from a year of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) for federal jobs, which can offer a faster application process.

Returned Volunteer community

Join a global community of like-minded peers who are passionate about serving others and improving communities.

Returned Volunteers receive exclusive access to special career benefits and resources.

Returned Volunteer community

Hundreds of thousands of Americans have served as Peace Corps Volunteers, making for a highly active and diverse global community.