Feds announce new experiment: Pell grants for prisoners

Article reporting the creation of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, a federal experiment to help prisoners work toward an associate’s or bachelor’s degree while incarcerated despite an ongoing ban on Pell grants for inmates.

From The Washington Post article:

Prison inmates will be eligible to obtain federal Pell grants to finance college education while they are behind bars under an experiment announced Friday, two decades after Congress banned prisoners from receiving such grants.

Under the experiment, Obama administration officials said, a limited number of prisoners could begin receiving Pell-financed instruction from a select number of colleges as soon as fall 2016. Read more.