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“Why Am I Paying for This?”: Academic Experiences of Incarcerated Students Receiving Second Chance Pell at Four Institutions

Author(s): Gaskill, S., Castro, E. L., & Aguilar Padilla, E.

Publisher: Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison

Year: 2022


The Second Chance Pell Experiment allows a select number of higher education institutions to provide
Pell Grants to eligible incarcerated students, circumventing the 1994 ban. To date, and because of prison constraints, much of what is known about the implementation and impact of the Experiment is drawn from the perspectives of non-incarcerated practitioners. This research brief draws on focus groups conducted by the Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison at the University of Utah with incarcerated students and formerly incarcerated alumni of prison higher education programs. The larger project from which these data are drawn, Exploring the Experiences of Participants in Second Chance Pell, is a mixed methods research study examining the implementation and facilitation of Second Chance Pell among select sites.


Last Updated: 10/12/22