Are There Limits On the Amount Of Federal Pell Grant Funds an Incarcerated Student Can Receive?

Award Year: 2023-24 KA-36474 Helpfulness Rating 309 page views

This guidance is specific to the 2023-24 award year and later.

Yes, under certain circumstances. Regulatory changes effective July 1, 2023, as announced in the October 28, 2022 Federal Register, limit the amount of a Federal Pell Grant funds that a confined or incarcerated student enrolled in a prison education Program (PEP) may receive as follows:

Note, effective July 1, 2023, changes to Section 472 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended, [20 USC 1098LL(a)]:

See also "Other Student Eligibility Requirements" in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-23-05 and the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's)  Prison Education Program Questions and Answers website, PEP-Q3/A3 and PEP-Q8/A8.

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