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Old 04-09-2004, 03:44 PM
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I am trying to compile information that many members have posted here in a succinct form. There were many comments about making sure that the credits obtained were “Regionally Accredited” and would be recognized by other institutions and transferable. Please ask questions about this. Scroll all the way down as there is a ton of related information here.

I just located a guide to correspondence courses for inmates: The Prisoner's Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Courses in the United States and Canada. You can get it at www.biddle-audenreed.com/home.html. The cost is $21.95 for prisoners, $24.95 otherwise. Shipping in the US is $2.50. The publisher's address is
Biddle Publishing Co., 13 Gurnet Road, PMB 103, Brunswick, Maine, 040ll.
Here are the programs members have given information about. I don’t have any personal information about these programs. CET Also, if you scroll down under "other problems " you will read that some institutions do not allow inmates to take college classes. Some will not accomodate the student needing the materials they need to complete the class. So perhaps the place to start is with calling the prison itself first, and then also calling about programs and mentioning which prison you are dealing with.

Specific Programs:
Ohio University's College Program for the Incarcerated
222 Haning Hall, Ohio Univ., Athens, OH 45701 800 444 2420
email: cpi@ohio.edu

University of Iowa, Iowa City. 1 800 272 6430 will send catalog, work with inmates.

Univ of No Iowa Cedar Falls 1800 772 1766 contined@uni.edu can get BA, no out of state fee

Ashworth College home study program. Nationally accredited ( someone else pointed out different than regionally credited, so ask questions) www.ashworthcollege.com
1 800 223 4542

Information in general about inmate education, state and federal and financial aid

Excellant Site!!!!....Office of Correctional Education & Financial Aid

Office of Correctional Education Homepage

Mission of the Office of Correctional Education

Frequently Asked Questions
Correctional Education

How do I request information and publications from the Office of Correctional Education?

Many of the publications from OCE are available online through our Correctional Education Library Hard copies of OCE publications can be obtained through ED Pubs For information not available on this website, please contact OCE

How can I find out about correctional education opportunities in a particular state?

To obtain information about the availability of correctional education opportunities in a particular state, please contact the State Correctional Education Administrator for your state.

What types of financial aid are available to incarcerated individuals?

Incarcerated individuals are eligible to apply for all types of student financial assistancewith one exception. A student incarcerated in a Federal or State penal institution is not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant for periods of enrollment that begin on or after September 13, 1994.

How do I obtain information about educational programs in federal correctional institutions?

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has an education unit that handles issues that relate to correctional education within federal prisons.

This page last modified—March 17, 2003

Contact the Office of Correctional Education

Technical questions about the Web site:

Other inquiries/comments:
ovae@ed.gov Contact the Office of Correctional Education

Welcome to the Guide to Education Programs http://web99.ed.gov/GTEP/Program2.nsf

Related Links
Student Guide to Financial Aid Dept. of Education's Home Page


The Student Guide

Financial Aid from the U.S. Department of Education

The Student Guide is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of aid available through the Department's Federal Student Aid office. Updated each award year, The Student Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them.

The Student Guide 2003-2004 available in English Spanish
is for the July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2004 award year.

To apply for federal aid and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid [url=http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/](FAFSA) [/URL. Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever.

If you have any questions you may contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Federal Student Aid Information Center
1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
This is a toll-free number.
More about financial aid

Financial Aid -Drug Convictions Bar Students From Receiving Federal Funds but Arsonists, burglars and convicted felons can still qualify for aid. http://www.collegejournal.com/aidad...929-golden.html
CollegeJournal | News & Trends
... because he can't get the federal financial assistance he needs ... the prison so he can
qualify for financial aid ... to pursue his college studies in prison and after ...
www.collegejournal.com/aidadmissions/ newstrends/20010929-golden.html
Drug offenders who lie on the financial-aid form usually qualify for aid because neither the government nor universities seek to verify responses. "The Al Capone of drug dealers could answer no, and there are no checks," says David Allen, financial-aid director at Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass. Ms. Kozberg, the Education Department spokeswoman, says the goverment checks answers to all questions on a sample of applications but doesn't pay special attention to the drug responses.


I've called and emailed FAFSA. Each time, it's like I get a different answer when asking if they can get assistance while still in prison. On another FAFSA site (can't remember how I got there) it said to fill out the app and send it in. If they don't qualify for one kind of assistance there are others that they might. Here is the FAFSA url:


Other issues with inmate correspondence study programs… the institution!
Google PLRA.. The legislation that has caused many of the funded organizations and programs to go into the ether.

In the event that money fell from the sky at a prisoner who could actually afford the tuition.... The problem then is logistic.

As an individual doing 'correspondence' courses, they'd be restricted by whatever institutional policies would govern how much personal property (books and whatnot) would come their way.

If a handful of people in a given prison manage to afford the same course, it would take an act of DOC and God to bring a particular 'visiting' instructor in to the prison to teach the course.

Before Pell's vaporized, KCIW had 2 college programs. A local community college was partnered with DOC to teach it onsite.
There were only BA (2 year) programs offered. They had a minimum of 6 people in it --or they'd not come... If anyone got locked down in the midst of it, the program could be pulled. The materials were brought in by the instructors and waived by DOC as extraneous property.

I asked the instructor why they'd not offer some 4 year degrees. Simple answer. To be the equivalent of the 'civilian' 4 year degree, there would be other requisite courses that simply could not or would not be completed.

The first was the 'lab' study. Anything from biology, to chemistry, to astronomy... DOC frowns on chemical contraband and would never go for letting anyone out at night to stargaze.

The second would be the 'language' requirement. There would be a need for the same 6 folks to decide on and pass (collectively) a second language course. This from folks to whom the fact that English has rules (no one employs) would be news..

Sponsored courses within prisons come at the pleasure of the DOC and the insistance of the residents when they have.
Sources and links Correspondence schools & Financial info

PS: I didn't check out all (but I did most) of these sites to see if they are still good. So, you might find a couple at the end that aren't. Good Luck!

1801 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 Write for a list of schools and courses that are offered to prisoners by mail.

Office of Correctional Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202. Information about educational grants.

Correspondence/SupportHouston ABC is active in correspondence and material support for various prisoners across the country. This support varies from funds to supplies to books and legal materials. Donations are appreciated.

ABC Houston
PO Box 667614
Houston TX, 77266-7614
ABC Austin
PO Box 19733
Austin TX, 78760-9733

Paralegal Course
Legal training since 1890. Blackstone's distance-education program has satisfied thousands of inmate/prisoner students. Learn the law and graduate in 8-24 months. Free info packet.

http://novel.nifl.gov/nifl/policy/distance.htm Distance Learning
National Institute for Literacy State Policy Update How States are Implementing Distance Education for Adult Learners - February 14 2000 - ... AHS. 13. Prison. 14. Source: Tracy-Mumford Survey 1998. ...

EDUCATIONAL / CORRESPONDENCE COURSESStarCoast Academy - StarCoast Academy is accredited by National Private Schools Association Group. StarCoast has many different programs, including a high school diploma program, that are self-paced based on the abilities of each person. The director's son was in prison.
Write for information: StarCoast Academy; 4907 Coral Blvd.; Bradenton, FL 34210, or call:
(941) 794-0197, or email: MNoltePEC@aol.com.

Prisoners' Guerrilla Handbook to Correspondence Programs In the United States and Canada: High School, Vocational, Paralegal and College Courses by Jon Marc Taylor. Provides contact information and an outline of the courses offered by over 250 educational providers, including many major universities. The book includes information on high school, vocational, paralegal, law, college and graduate courses. The book has many useful tips and articles for the proactive prisoner, including how to acquire a college degree for less than $2,000. Special price of $25.95 (postage prepaid) to prisoners. For information or to order, write: Biddle Publishing Co.; 13 Gurnet Road, PMB 103; Brunswick, ME 04011

Blackstone School of Law, P.O. Box 701449, Dallas, Texas 75370 (800) 826-9220 offers a well-known paralegal program.

CLEP (College Level Exam Program), CN 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600 College credits for self-taught knowledge.

Crossroad Bible Institute, 2976 Ivanrest SW Suite 125, Grandville, MI. 49418. Bible study, beginners and up, personal discipleship.

Emmaus Bible Correspondence School, 2570 Asbury Road, Dubugue, IA 52001 (319) 588-8000 offers free Bible courses to prisoners.

National Home Study Council, 1801 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009 Write for a list of schools and courses.

Office of Correctional Education, U.S. Dept. of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, DC 20202.

The Paralegal Institute, 3602 West Thomas Rd. # 9, Drawer 11408, Phoenix, AZ 85061-1408 (602) 272-1855 Associate Degree program available. Accredited by the D.E.T.C.

ICDL Distance learning courses database, Institutions database, ...
... Trust is to upgrade literacy amongst historically disadvantaged people in Southern
Africa, including prisoner rehabilitation, through the ... Distance Learning. ...

Correctional Education Program, 919-962-2648 or 800-862-5669. Independent Studies participates in several programs designed to assist persons in the North Carolina prison system who are interested in pursuing college-level work. Outreach to Inmates enables qualified inmates to enroll in correspondence courses at no charge. Econo-College for Inmates, located at Orange Correctional Center in Hillsborough, provides a combination of services including correspondence courses, on-site classes, enrichment activities, academic advising, and study-release on campus. On-site instruction and related activities are also available at the NC Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh, at Johnston Correctional Institution in Smithfield, Dan River Prison Work Farm in Yanceyville, Harnett Correctional Institution in Lillington, and Polk Youth Institution in Butner. Additional on-site instruction is provided at Foothills Correctional Institution and Western Youth Institution (both in Morganton), and Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville through an agreement with UNC-Asheville; at Eastern Correctional Institution in Maury, Hyde Correctional Institution in Swan Quarter, Pender Correctional Institution in Burgaw, and Southern Correctional Institution in Troy through an agreement with East Carolina University; and at Sandhills Youth Center in McCain and Morrison Youth Institution in Hoffman through an agreement with Fayetteville State University. For more information about any of these programs, contact the Correctional Education Program, 919-962-2648 or 800-862-5669

Windham School in Texas Start w/clicking General Interest
This site is a comprehensive collection of resources for basic skills and literacy programs in correctional education. Through this single access point, instructors, administrators, and adult learners can find activities and links exclusively related to correctional education.






http://virlib.ncjrs.org/Corrections.asp http://www.ncjrs.org/


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