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Old 09-07-2007, 10:36 AM
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Hi -My name is Stephanie.

I have young son incarcerated in Missouri -- and have been working to help him get an education while he is serving a long term sentence.

I thought some of my efforts could help steer others in the right direction.

Below I am going to post contact info for Colleges & Universities that offer correspondence courses and certificate programs to inmates and others.

But FIRST here are some tips to getting started -- based on my experience:

#1. GED ---

ASSUME your loved one MUST get their GED before taking any correspondence courses -- GED prep classes are one thing that most prisons actually do offer. Your loved one should get their GED before anything else.

#2. THERE MAY BE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE PRISON --- CHECK IT OUT ---

DO NOT ASSUME there is no higher education program at the prison. There are not many, but there are some. Have your loved one contact his case worker, or Education Director, (if one exists at his facility) -- to see what is available.

Note: There are usually qualifications an inmate must meet to get access to classes beyond a GED. For Example: They must be a young or youthful offender, under 25 -- or they must have a minimum amount of years left to serve. Qualifications are different in different states, so check with your dept of corrections in your state.

NOTE -- some prisons within the same state have educational programs in one prison that are not available in another. If there are Educational opportunites at one prison in your state -- but not at the one your loved one is at -- he or she may qualify for a transfer. (usually can only do this after a certain amount of time is already served). Have your loved one ask about opportunities for education at other prisons that they may not have been placed at - but could transfer to.

If the prison/state offers nothing for your loved one -- (most likely), then you can consider enrolling in correspondence course, as we are ---

#3. COST --

This can be the most prohibitive issue with inmates getting an education on the inside. Most Educational programs within the system are free if the inmate is eligible to participate. However, correspondence courses cost money.

In limited cases your loved one may still qualify for a pell grant, or federal student loan, (regardless of credit history). But with current laws -- most FELONS are barred from access to Educational loans and grants, which makes no sense at all in terms of rehabilitation.

You can ask the Financial Advisor at the University of your choice to determine if your loved one is eligible for any student loans or grants. They may tell him to apply and see what happpens -- it is important that your loved one is honest about their charges and incarceration if they choose to apply for loans or grants.

Last thing on cost --- some of these courses are expensive -- If is a priority then find a way.

We can only afford for my son to do one class a year -- but in the end that will be 13 more classes than he had before he went in. We are swinging the cost -- because several family members are chipping in.
***I would love to start prison scholarship program -- it is MUCH needed!!!***

#4. QUESTIONS TO ASK THE COLLEGE or UNIVERSITY--

- Does the tuition cost include books and postage?
- Does the inmate have to have access to a computer?
(some do, some don't).
- Does the inmate have to have a counselor or teacher on site to administer tests in order to get credit?

****** BEFORE YOU PAY ANY MONEY TO THE UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE --- MAKE SURE THE PRISON SIGNS OFF AND ALLOWS THE INMATE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM THAT HE OR SHE IS SIGNING UP FOR!!!********


#5. LAST --- ENCOURAGE YOUR LOVED ONE TO DO THIS!!!

Have a course catalog mailed from the college -- it may spark their interest. Especially if you have a son or daughter who is incarcerated.

Avoid pressuring and bugging them -- but my advise is --- plant the seed and be willing to help them get the ball rolling from the outside if need be.
(took my son 2 and half years to want to do it)

Only you and your loved one will help put themselves in a position to make something of their lives when they get out --- the sytem won't.

BELOW IS THE LIST I OBTAINED of accredited and legitimate Universities and Colleges that offer correspondence courses and or certificates:

ADAMS State College
Alamosa CO
www.exstudies.adams.edu
1-800-548-6679
many courses plus paralegal cert program offered

Brigham Young
Prov Utah
www.elearn.byu.edu
1-800-914-8931

City University
Bellevue WA
www.cityu.edu
1-800-426-5596

Colorado Consortium for Independent Study
Denver, CO
www.colorado.edu/ccis
1-303-866-2723
can send catalog from 10 diff universties

Colorado State University
Fort Collins CO
www.learn.colostate.edu
1-877-491-4336

Columbia College
Columbia MO
www.ccis.edu
1-573-875-7352

Excelsior College
Albany NY
www.excelsior.edu
1-888-647-2388
Extensive courses

Governor's State University
University Park IL
www.govst.edu
1-800-GSU-8GSU
BA degrees via correspondence and video courses available

Indiana State University
www.indistate.edu/distance
1-888-237-8080

Indiana University
Bloomington IN
http://scs.Indiana.edu
1-800-334-1011

Lousianana State University
Baton Rouge LA
www.is.lsu.edu
1-800-234-5046
correspondence and certificate programs

Metropolitan State College
Denver, CO
www.mscd.edu/~options
1-303-450-5111

Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, MS
www.msstate.edu/dept/ced
1-662-325-2652

Ohio University
Athens, OH
www.ohio.edu/independent
1-800-444-2910
Comprehensive Program designed for incarcerated individuals

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater OK
www.okstate.edu/outreach/ics
1-405-744-6390

Penn State University
State College PA
www.worldcampus.psu.edu
1-800-252-3592
Requires Inmate computer access

Texas State University
San Marcos Texas
www.studyanywhere.txstate.edu
1-800-511-8656

Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
www.dce.ttu.edu
1-800-692-6877
Also offers K - 12 correspondence courses

University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
www.distanceeducation.ua.edu
1-800-452-5971

University of Arizona
Tucson AZ
www.ceao.arizona.edu/corresp
1-800-772-7480
Also offers k-12 correspondence courses

University of Arkansas
Fayetteville AR
www.uacted.uark.edu
1-800-638-1217

University Of Illinois
CHampaign IL
www.outreach.uluc.edu
1-800-252-1360

University Of Missouri
Columbia MO
www.cdis.missouri.edu
1-800-609-3727

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC
www.fridaycenter.unc.edu
1-800-862-5669

University of North Colorado
Greely CO
www.unco.edu/center/es/mail
1-800-232-1749

University of North Iowa
Cedar Falls IA
www.uni.edu.contined/gis
1-800-772-1746

University of South Carolina
Columbia SC
www.sc.edu/deis/ss
1-800-922-2577

University of Tennessee
Knoxville TN
www.anywhere.tennessee.edu
1-800-670-8657
High school courses available also

University of Wisconsin
Madison WI
www.learn.wisconsin.edu/il
1-877-895-3276

Utah STate University
Logan UT
www.extension.usc.edu/conted
1-800-233-2137


Hope this is helpful --

If anyone knows of private scholarship programs that inmates may qualify for -- please let me know.
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Great list of places to start looking. Thanks!
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Thankyou so much for all this information.
I am in UK and Alex is in PA,I've been slowly tracking down colleges he could study with but it's a very slow process.
He is just about finished with a sociology and psychology course, now he wants to do a degree of some kind.
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Thank you for the infromation. I will talk to my hubby about it.
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If your children are under 22, with IEP's and without a standard high school diploma, they are also eligible under IDEA for secondary education meeting state standards, and services so that they can successfully transition to the post secondary outcome of their choice.

So while they may want a GED, getting one does not stop the prison's obligations to furnish educational services free to him unless he has sufficient academic and functional skills to get on with college and vocational courses.
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Thank you for putting all this information together! It's a real labor of love.

My Sweetheart is working on his Associates degree, and I'm very proud of him. He takes is very seriously, and knows that his hard work will pay off when he gets out and starts looking for a job.

We use Louisiana State University. They have a great correspondence program. Before he began, I researched probably all the colleges you listed and found that LSU was the best choice for us. They are great when it comes to understanding the unique issues that inmates face, such as no access to computers (generally) in order to type assignments, and limitations on what supplies students are allowed to have. I also found that they are the least expensive. Some other programs provide the textbook, but I have been able to find textbooks on amazon.com for a lot less than the extra cost of those programs.

If you are at all able, encourage your loved one to get his/her degree while in prison. It pays off in the short run by giving them something meaningful to do to fill their time, and in the long run by giving them a leg up in finding a job when they come home.

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Many thanks for the list. The Amazon Marketplace cannot be used for books in AZ as most of the people there are re-sellers, not bookstores. A $50 text book I ordered from there was sent to the prison library as the alternative was to have it destroyed. The prison won't return books to the vendor they open and deem "unacceptable."
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I've never had a problem with sellers from Amazon marketplace. I make sure I use well established vendors. Other than that, the prison mailroom workers aren't the only ones who can fudge the rules.
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Wow Steph! That was great! Thanks for doing all that work! Good job!
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Thanks so much for all of that information. I was starting to get frustrated trying to find resources for my brother to get started on a degree.... I am however also having a very hard time finding any form of financial aid, so would like to reiterate that if anyone has information on this could you please post?
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Hi, Im in Georgia and my boyfriend wanted to take classes. Are there any school that would let him do correspondence coureses and are they even worth it. I am in desperate need of information. I would greatly appreciate any help. Thanks!!!
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Wow Stephanie, amazing work! Thank you very much! There may be some scholarship help out there for you. Try the website fastweb.com I used it when I was looking for money for Grad school. They list a lot of different scholarship granting foundations, private companies etc. I was able to get a small scholarship for books (actually not so small when you think of how much the books cost these days from Avon because I was a female and over a certain age. They also have interesting scholarship info on things like "Portugese background", family member of a firefighter, family member of a carpenter.

It takes a bit of digging but what you did with the search for programs available, this should be a snap. One warning though, I'd set up a separate email address for this search. They tend to send out quite a bit of email. The one good thing about that is they automatically send notices of any scholarships that match your criteria on your profile.

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Stephanie, Thank you so much for the list I just discovered today. My son has only been in prison for 20 days, but yesterday he called home and said he thought they offered college classes at his prison and should he sign up. I was so happy. He was a senior in college when his trouble began. That list will be very helpful to us.
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You know exactly how hard it is to find some type of educational program for inmates it's one thing if they could just take a couple of courses. To atleast keep thier minds not wondering. It's one thing to send books and magazines. But, taking courses is something that they can continue to do once they are released.
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Thank you so much for providing this information. I have been searching the internet or HOURS for courses for inmates before I decided to check Prison Talk.

You are wonderful!!!

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Question: What is a correspondence class?

Another Question: You know how some prisons have classes for inmates to take, what if the inmate can not take classes yet, can they still do other things to get some type of degree?
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My son has taken 18 hours of correspondence courses from Texas State University and UT Austin. In most cases, he had no access to a computer or even a typewriter, so his tests and papers were all handwritten. (He does have handwriting that is easy to read.) But the professors were great about working with him. And the education officers at the jails/prisons were generally helpful as well. The problem is that the Texas universities will only allow 18 hours of correspondence work to be applied to full degree program. Does anyone have information about schools that allow correspondence courses to build an entire 4-year degree?
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Can someone please tell me what a correspondence class is?
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Stephanie that list is fantastic! don't forget OHIO UNIVERSITY...that's where my son is working on his associates degree...
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I guess I will never get my question answered. I really feel over looked. I will go to another topic
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I guess I will never get my question answered. I really feel over looked. I will go to another topic

I don't think this is a heavily traveled forum!

A correspondence class is one you take from a distance through the mail.
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Ok, thank you Christy.
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FYI... St. Cloud State University in MN also has a program called Pathways. My son will be working on his BA degree through them. Also I have ordered books for my son through Amazon many times with no issues. The books have to be brand new so you can't order them from sellers selling theirs used even though it's through Amazon. Mom in MN
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OK, my boyfriend has me checking on colleges that he can go through, and he told me about one (I am THINKING it was in Indiana) that has some sort of grant or something that he could apply for. I know I had heard of the college before but it was during our visit so of course I didn't write it down and now I can't remember the name. I was hoping to get the information to him when I talk to him next. I know this isn't a lot of information to go on, but can anyone help me?
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