What Does the FAFSA Simplification Act Address
for Incarcerated Applicants?
Author(s): Gaskill, S., Castro, E. L., & Aguilar Padilla, E.
Publisher: Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison
The 1994 Crime Bill barred incarcerated students from receiving Pell Grants. In 2015,
the Second Chance
Pell Experiment began allowing a select number of institutions of higher education to provide Pell Grants to eligible incarcerated students. The Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison conducted at three-year study with participants at select Second Chance Pell sites to learn about their experiences with implementation. Administrators, program leaders, as well as currently and formerly incarcerated students and alumni participating in our Exploring the Experiences of Participants in Second Chance Pell study identified numerous challenges that they face in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and accessing Pell Grants in their current form. The challenges that study participants articulated are listed in the first column of the chart below.