Frequently Asked Questions

…or, how I learned to stop worrying and to ask about ASC

1. Is ASC for me?
2. Are some majors preferred to others?
3. Is there an age limit for ASC?
4. Will I need my car?
5. When does the ASC year begin and end?
6. What is involved in the admissions process? Can I choose where I serve?
7. What if I have not had Education classes?
8. Are all ASC Volunteers practicing Catholics?
9. Can I defer my student loans?
10. Can I serve in ASC if I am married?
11. I have a relative that is getting married, celebrating a major anniversary, etc. Will I be allowed to attend this event?
12. Does ASC provide health insurance? Will my preexisting health condition be covered?
13. Are the ASC residences furnished?
14. Will I be able to come home for Christmas? What travel is included?
15. I thought my high school had an ASC program, but I don’t see it on your website. Why not?
16. Are ASC Volunteers hired by their schools after the year of service? What happens after ASC?



1. Is ASC for me?
Women and men who graduated from a Jesuit high school and/or a Jesuit university are eligible to apply. The ASC is looking for men and women with a desire to give back in gratitude for their Jesuit education. We want ASC volunteers who embody the highest ideals of Jesuit education for students at Jesuit schools today. Women and men who continue to grow in the aspirations of The Profile of the Graduate at Graduation are encouraged to apply.


2. Are some majors preferred to others?
All majors are encouraged to apply. The needs of the schools vary and opportunities exist across all academic departments, though not necessarily across all departments in each school. We are committed to placing candidates in positions where they can be successful. We look at candidates’ overall academic performance in college, and their accomplishment in major and minor areas in particular, more so than the major itself.


3. Is there an age limit for ASC?
Most ASC volunteers are either right out of college or in their mid-20s. We will not accept candidates who are older than 27 years of age by July 31 of the year of service.


4. Will I need my car?
No. Each ASC community is given a community car to use for the year. Sharing a car can be challenging, but it can also be one of the most significant ways that ASC Volunteers intentionally live in community. ASC Volunteers who have no recourse are allowed to bring their cars to their ASC residence after conversation with their principal. The school covers ASC Volunteers in their insurance policy for the ASC vehicle. If you bring your own car you will need to provide your own insurance. The gas card provided by the school may only be used for the ASC vehicle.


5. When does the ASC year begin and end?
The year begins formally with an orientation the last two weeks of July, but communication between the incoming ASC Volunteers and their schools happen throughout the spring semester preceding orientation. The year ends with the conclusion of the school year, completion of all responsibilities for the school, and the final ASC retreat. Each school ends their year at a different time, but the final retreat is usually scheduled for the end of May (not Memorial Day weekend) or early June.


6. What is involved in the admissions process? Can I choose where I serve?
See the Join ASC page for details on applying.»

The application will ask you if you have preferences for your placement. The more open you are to be sent to a school that needs your talents, the more likely we will be to offer you a position. Though many who apply initially want to return to their own high school, we find that people who are sent to teach in a different school are very grateful to experience a new environment.


7. What if I have not had Education classes?
We have great esteem for the field of education and for people who immerse themselves in the best thinking available to make good teaching a reality. Most ASC Volunteers have not had Education classes and very few are certified. There are many qualities that make an application attractive. With or without academic training in Education, we are looking for men and women who have the potential to be successful in the classroom.


8. Are all ASC Volunteers practicing Catholics?
One of the central features of the ASC program is the weekly Mass and dinner with the Jesuit community. While ASC Volunteers do not have to be Catholic they must have a desire to commit to the spiritual dimension of the year of service, including participation in the weekly Mass and dinner with the Jesuits. ASC Volunteers possess a desire to grow spiritually, an openness to learn and be challenged, and an appreciation for the Jesuits and lay colleagues who accompany them in this journey of faith and service.


9. Can I defer my student loans?
The answer is almost always ‘yes’. Federal loans, e.g. Stafford, require some simple paperwork to defer. As long as you didn’t make too much money for the tax year it shouldn’t be a problem. If your loans are through a private lender you will need to contact the lender directly. We recommend you do this sooner rather than later.


10. Can I serve in ASC if I am married?
Sadly, no. But, congratulations on getting married! We have found that ASC Volunteers who are engaged do a fine job with their teaching load, but are often less available to engage in the life of the ASC community. If you are moving toward getting engaged in the next year, then ASC may not be for you. However, many ASC Volunteers enter the year in committed relationships. Before you check your preferences for placement on the application, we strongly recommend that you speak with your significant other about the possibility of being sent to Denver, Kansas City or St. Louis.


11. I have a relative that is getting married, celebrating a major anniversary, etc. Will I be allowed to attend this event?
ASC Volunteers are treated as faculty in their schools. Under normal circumstances major life events can be accommodated with advance notice and conversation with administration.


12. Does ASC provide health insurance? Will my preexisting health condition be covered?
The schools provide their ASC volunteers with health insurance, usually the same plan that covers the rest of the faculty. While teaching involves a certain degree of physical labor and general physical and psychological fitness is required, preexisting health conditions are not factors that weigh on admission. Details on the health plan can be discussed with the business office of the specific school after an offer of acceptance is made.


13. Are the ASC residences furnished?
Yes! Furniture, kitchen appliances and accoutrement are all provided, as well as television and internet access (but not necessarily computers). ASC Volunteers should pack what is needed for the year, but are discouraged from renting moving vans. A few checked bags (perhaps large) should do the trick.


14. Will I be able to come home for Christmas? What travel is included?
Absolutely! The ASC provides for a round trip home at Christmas. We also provide for travel to the orientation in mid-July; from orientation to school placements; back and forth to all three retreats; Christmas; and then a one way ticket home at the end of the year. If a school requests an in-person interview, then that school will provide for the travel. Halloween, Thanksgiving, St. Patrick’s Day and Arbor Day are not holidays where travel is provided. If you would like to return home on Thanksgiving (or Arbor Day) you are welcome to do so at your own expense.


15. I thought my high school had an ASC program, but I don’t see it on your website. Why not?
The ASC was founded by the Missouri Province in 1991.  Shortly thereafter some Jesuit high schools began similar programs with their own alumni coming back to their high school for a year of service.

The ASC connects six participating schools in Denver, Kansas City and St. Louis.  It maintains close ties to the Jesuits, and its has a strong Ignatian formation component.


16. Are ASC Volunteers hired by their schools after the year of service? What happens after ASC?
Currently, a large number of alumni teach in our schools. However, the vast majority of ASC Volunteers are not hired by their schools. The program is a year of service and not a stepping stone to a job at the school of placement.

ASC alumni have found success in a wide variety of careers. While some are faculty members and administrators in Jesuit or other Catholic schools, many serve in public school districts across the country. Others have pursued careers in law, medicine, academics, the arts, finance, religious life, business, engineering and more. Women and men from a broad spectrum of backgrounds are drawn to the program, and after ASC they go on to have wildly interesting and successful careers.