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Prisoners to Get 'Second Chance Pell'


Inside Higher Ed

June 24, 2016

The Obama administration has chosen 67 colleges and universities for a pilot program that will offer Pell Grants to incarcerated students.

The program, called Second Chance Pell, will enroll 12,000 prisoners at more than 100 correctional institutions across the country. It’s geared toward prisoners likely to be released within the next five years.

“This belief in second chances is fundamental to who we are as Americans,” John King Jr., the education secretary, said in a call with reporters Thursday.

In some locations, the program will begin as early as July 1. Most of the colleges chosen will offer classes in person at the correctional facilities, while some will offer online classes. Many also plan to offer a range of support services and tailor their instruction to local labor markets.

The program has been in the works since last summer, when the Obama administration first announced the idea. By October, more than 200 colleges and universities had expressed interest in the program.

(Goucher College is participating in Second Chance Pell)