Yes! There is still time to apply to Peace Corps and other questions!

Peace Corps Question and Answer Time!

Q: Is there still time for seniors to apply to Peace Corps?

A: Yes! Yes! Yes! For graduating seniors, NOW all the way until Jan. 1st at midnight is the best time to apply, with departures ranging from July to September 2020. This is our biggest recruiting quarter and thus can give students the greatest chance of getting in.

Those seniors who apply during the spring semester will be looking at departures ranging from Oct to Dec 2020, however in the spring is our smallest quarter and can be difficult for even the most qualified candidate to get in due to limited number of spots. The safest bet is applying before Jan. 1st!

Q: Is there anyone available to help students prepare their application / answer general questions?

A: Yes! The Peace Corps Campus Recruiter is holding regular advising all the way until Dec 18th! If those advising times don’t work for students, they are encourage to reach out and set up an appointment outside of those times.

After Dec 18th, we have a wonderful senior virtual recruiter named Emily Brandt who will be available by email and phone all of winter break! She is only taking off Dec 25th and Jan 1st as those are federal holidays. Emily is a wonderful resource and is looking forward to working with any UT students who need help on their application!

Q: How much do students pay to participate in Peace Corps?

A: Nothing, we pay them to be a part of the program! All cost are covered including plane ticket, housing, living and travel allowance, full medical and a readjustment allowance of over $10,000 on completion of the program! We also have over 200 fellowships to cover grad school after Peace Corps!

Q: Is Peace Corps only open to certain majors?

A: Peace Corps is open to everyone who is over 18 years old and a US Citizen! Certain majors can make you more competitive for certain sectors but the most important thing is being passionate about service abroad! All majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

Q: What about my student loans?

A: If you have federal student loans, such as Stafford, Perkins, direct, and consolidated loans, you may be eligible for deferment, partial cancellation, income-driven repayment, or eligibility for the Public Loan Service Forgiveness Program during Peace Corps service. Volunteers with Perkins loans may be eligible for a 15–70 percent cancellation benefit!

Those have been the top questions I have gotten so far but please feel free to reach out with any other questions you might have about this opportunity! Additional answers to frequent questions such as housing, training, safety, etc can also be found on our Real Answers page.

Good luck to everyone wrapping up their fall semester!
Jacqui Stewart Hobbs, MSW, MPH, Peace Corps Campus Recruiter, RPCV Guinea ’06-’09; Rwanda ’13-’14
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