“Why Do I Have to Pay for That?”: Pell Recipients on
the Costs of Participating in Prison Higher Education
Author(s): Gaskill, S., Castro, E. L., & Aguilar Padilla, E.
Publisher: Research Collaborative on Higher Education in Prison
Launched in 2015, the Second Chance Pell Experiment allowed a select number of institutions
education to provide Pell Grants to eligible incarcerated students. Seven years later, and on the cusp of
Pell expansion, incarcerated people express hope that Pell will remove financial barriers to their pursuit
of higher education. Data from existing Second Chance Pell sites, however, suggests that even Pell eligible incarcerated students bear a significant amount of the cost of their education.