The Department of Education doubles its Second Chance Pell Grant experiment inviting 67 additional higher education institutions across the country to participate in creating more educational opportunities for incarcerated students. Introduced in 2015, the Second Chance Pell Experiment offers need-based Pell Grants to persons in federal and state prisons. In a statement on April 24, the department named the new cohort of schools as programmatically and regionally diverse and equipped for distance learning, stating, “One-third [of schools] are minority-serving institutions, and…[e]ight schools plan to deliver instruction through innovative and distance delivery methods.” The Department has expanded the program to achieve more efficient measuring of the experimental program to better inform congressional leaders.


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