Can Schools Charge a Different Amount For a Prison Education Program and Traditional On-Campus Version Of the Same Program?

Award Year: 2023-24 KA-36648 Helpfulness Rating 44 page views

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

No. According to Q19/A19 on the U.S. Department of Education's (ED's) Prison Education Programs Questions and Answers website:

"Schools may have different charges for students in different programs, but schools may not charge confined or incarcerated individuals a different amount than non-confined or incarcerated individuals who are enrolled in the same program. A school may determine that its PEP is a different program or a different version of the same program it offers traditional students, even if the credits and courses are the same. If your school determines that the PEP you plan to offer is a different program or a different version of the same, then you may charge a different amount to the enrolled confined or incarcerated individuals and you may have a different academic calendar for the PEP."

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