Education Financing for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Coverdell Fellows Award

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Are you a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who wants to earn your master's degree?

Did you know that Returned Peace Corps Volunteers eligible for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program can receive $8,000 in education funding?

This amount represents about 30% of the total tuition costs needed to pursue a master's degree at the Carsey School of Public Policy in: Community Development, Public Administration, or Public Policy.


As a Coverdell Fellow, you'll receive a number of benefits, including:

  • Financial assistance towards tuition.
  • Professional experience and the opportunity to complete an internship in an underserved community.
  • Federal job options and the potential three-year extension of your noncompetitive eligibilty status for federal job applications.


Plus, if you're a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who plans on applying to a Carsey School master's degree program, we'll waive the $65 application fee! Just email or set up a meeting with Carsey's Admissions Officer, Sanjeev Sharma.


From Peace Corps to Carsey: The Story of Two Carsey School Alum

Two Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice Students share how their Peace Corps experiences lead them to pursue a degree and career in Community Development.


Webinar: From Peace Corps to Carsey Graduate

Michael Swack, Director of the Master in Community Development program at the Carsey School, interviews Carsey alum Robert “Bob” Ireland '15G to learn about transitioning from a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer to a graduate student.


According to the Peace Corps website, Peace Corps Volunteers earn lifetime eligibility for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Peace Corps Volunteers who complete the full two-year tour of Peace Corps service or are otherwise given “completion of service” (COS) status

  • Peace Corps Volunteers who are medically separated

  • Peace Corps Volunteers who are given "interrupted service" status because of circumstances beyond their control

  • Peace Corps Response or Global Health Services Partnership Volunteers who complete twelve months of service within a twenty-four month period

Two-year Volunteers who resign or are administratively separated are not eligible for Coverdell Fellows unless they had already earned eligibility through a previous Peace Corps tour.


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