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To support adoption Pathways From Prison To Postsecondary Education
Supporting Second Chance Pell Grant Program
Notes We have passed many significant milestones since we started the Pathways project. We began with the ulti- mate goal of building the evidence base that would support reinstatement of Pell Grants. The field has rapidly advanced toward that goal. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance to colleges that cleared the way for them to enroll students in jails and juvenile facilities using Pell Grants. Also that year, California paved the way for community colleges to teach in state prisons, seeding the ground for college programs to spring up in 34 of the state’s 35 prisons just a few years later. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education launched the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative, a pilot project that allows participating schools to provide federal Pell Grants to otherwise eligible students who are incarcerated in state or federal penal institutions. The announcement was met with intense interest by colleges across the coun- try, more than 200 of which applied to take part, with 67 eventually selected to participate. Notably, in 2019 there appear to be widespread discussions and increased momentum for reinstatement of eligibility for Pell Grants for people in prison as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act by the end of the year.