The Department of Education has selected Ashland University as one of 67 academic institutions to take part in the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program.
This program aims to provide incarcerated individuals with receive financial aid through a Pell Grant to pursue higher education and help their employment prospects following release. This program is an effort aimed at improving the criminal justice system, addressing mass incarceration and mitigating its impact on families and communities.
“Ashland University believes strongly in its mission to support incarcerated persons’ academic ambitions and works diligently to prepare and assist them in making a successful reentry following their release,” Ashland President Carlos Campo said. “Since its founding in 1964, the program has stayed true to its original vision of an intellectual exchange that enriches lives both inside and outside correctional boundaries and affirms the transformative power of education. We believe this program will have a salutary impact on communities across the nation, and we are proud to participate.”
The university will work with 1,040 pilot students in Louisiana, West Virginia and Ohio.