Absolutely not! In fact, service year opportunities provide a modest living allowance and other benefits, which can include health insurance and student loan deferment.
There is no charge to participate in a service year. You might be expected to cover travel expenses if you have to relocate for your service year, though some organizations might offer assistance with this.
Service Year Alliance is always working to build corporate partnerships to support service year corps members. Our current partnership with Airbnb helps support corps members as they relocate to start their service year.