Pell Grants should go to Prisoners too, says Obama

, Spencer Irvine, Leave a comment

Well, there you have it:

The Obama administration recently announced a new federal grant program that will cover the costs of college for state and federal prisoners.

The three- to five-year Second Chance Pell Pilot program is the first opportunity inmates have had to use federal student aid since Congress barred them from receiving it in 1994. Only prisoners who are eligible for release can take advantage of the new initiative which is planned to begin in fall of 2016.

The program was made public during Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s visit to the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland late last week.