NAICU Washington Update

Second Chance Pell Experiment Expands

August 05, 2021

The Second Chance Pell experiment has been extended for the 2022-23 award year the Department of Education announced recently. Currently 131 institutions are permitted to offer their prison education programs with the support of Pell Grant awards. The expansion will allow up to 200 colleges and universities to participate. 

The expansion of the experiment is part of the Education Department’s efforts to expand access and equity in higher education.  

The FAFSA Simplification Act, which was signed into law at the end of last year will make the program even more widely available by allowing more general access to Second Chance Pell Grant awards for incarcerated students enrolled in a prison education program beginning July 1, 2023. The Education Department, which held public hearings on the plan in June 2021, has also announced plans to publish regulations on the program prior to its implementation. 

Institutions interested in applying to participate in the 2022-23 cohort of Second Chance Pell may submit an application to the Education Department. Applications are available now.

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