Expanding Educational Opportunity for Incarcerated Students through Second Chance Pell

Watch On Demand

December 3, 2020

Community colleges are leading advocates to repeal the ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students, which has been in place since 1994. Research and experience shows that providing financial aid to incarcerated students improves their access to postsecondary education and leads to positive outcomes for participants including reduced recidivism, increased employment opportunities upon re-entry, and greater civic engagement.

Currently, over 80 community colleges throughout the United States participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant experiment, which provides federal aid for a selected group of incarcerated students.

This session will focus on why expanding access to prison education is central to community colleges’ open access and equity mission.

Panelists will discuss the need to repeal the existing ban on Pell Grants for incarcerated students and upcoming windows for policy change.