A Piece of the Puzzle: State Financial Aid for Incarcerated Students
Date:  07-15-2019

14 states have barriers for incarcerated students that extend past their return to the community
From the Vera Institute of Justice:


Postsecondary education in prison puts people on a path toward a brighter future by disrupting the cycle of poverty and incarceration. But it has not been offered at scale due to the numerous barriers—including the 1994 ban on Pell Grants to people in prison—that prevent students and postsecondary institutions from accessing state and federal funding programs. And so, while the majority of people in prison are interested in pursuing postsecondary education, only a fraction are able to enroll.

Nearly all states, however, have aid programs targeting students with financial need—a description that fits most incarcerated students. By surveying state financial aid laws, regulations, and practices, this report highlights the barriers to financial aid for incarcerated students, reviews available funding sources, suggests ways to incorporate state financial aid into a suite of funding, and provides a state-by-state listing of need- and merit-based aid programs.

Read the full report here.