Why Prison Reform Must Include Pell Grant Access
Jonathan Zimmerman, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Bard College, Goucher College, and Grinnell College all share something in common: They are among a handful of higher education institutions that provide a college education to inmates.
But they do so almost entirely with private dollars, because the federal government still bars prisoners from receiving Pell Grants to cover tuition costs.
A ban on Pell Grants for prisoners severely limits the number of incarcerated people who can obtain college degrees. About 10,000 prisoners have received student aid under the experimental Second Chance program, which the Obama administration began in 2015 in an effort to bypass the Pell restrictions. But there are about 2.2 million Americans behind bars.