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The Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative will be expanded for the 2022-23 award year to allow another 69 colleges and universities to participate, paving the way for even more incarcerated individuals to gain access to higher education.

A maximum of 200 two- and four-year colleges will be able to offer prison education programs with the support of the Pell Grant, up from the 131 institutions currently participating. The department is also planning to broaden the geographic scope of Second Chance Pell, with the goal of having programs in most or all 50 states.

“The department is expanding educational availability to thousands more students,” said Reid Setzer, director of government affairs at the Education Trust. “It’s also building on the bipartisan consensus that the prior policy was wrong and needs to be corrected. I do view it as a significant victory, especially for those students.”

Second Chance Pell was established in 2015 by the Obama administration to provide Pell Grants to people in state and federal prisons so that they could participate in postsecondary education programs. The program was expanded last year under the former secretary of education Betsy DeVos to reach incarcerated students in 42 states and Washington, D.C.

The latest expansion […]

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