Is There an Application To Participate In a Prison Education Program?

Award Year: 2023-24 KA-36507 Helpfulness Rating 559 page views

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

Yes. There is a Prison Education Program Application, Application for Postsecondary Institutions and Oversight Entities. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) announced availability of the final version of the application and instructions in the June 30, 2023 Electronic Announcement (GENERAL-23-52). See GENERAL-23-52 for more information. ED also provided an overview of the requirements in Dear Colleague Letter GEN-23-05.

Per the PEP Application:

"This form is to be completed by institutions of higher education or postsecondary vocational institutions (institutions) applying to the Department of Education (Department) for approval of a Prison Education Program (PEP) in collaboration with the appropriate State department of corrections or other entity responsible for overseeing correctional facilities or the Federal Bureau of Prisons, if applicable (Oversight entity).


Specific instructions for each section follow, and additional requirements can be found in Section 5 at the end of this form.

If after reviewing the form and consulting our resources webpage you have questions, please email the Department at [email protected]."

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