Feds expand Pell Grant program for prisoners working on college degrees in Pa., other states

“Access to post-secondary education in prison reduces recidivism rates, and people who participate in these programs are 48 percent less likely to return to prison,” one expert said

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The state Department of Corrections now has partnerships with four Pell Grant institutions: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Bloomsburg University, and Villanova University. Eastern University will be a new Pell partner starting in the spring of 2022, as it launches a program at the State Correctional Institution at Chester.

All told, 65 incarcerated individuals at a half-dozen state correctional institutions now participate in the Pell Grant program, the Corrections Department said.

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