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Old 05-25-2010, 09:55 AM
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Default Federal inmates and continuing education.

Can federal inmates take college courses? If so, is there funding available that he can apply for? How do they get started? Is it a specific university?

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:14 PM
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depends on the institution. some have extension courses that cost nothing or very little. they should check with their counselor or team.
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Old 05-25-2010, 12:19 PM
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The federal prisons offer courses there but my husband says its hard to get into because they get filled up quick. Well he's at USP McCreay so I can only speak for there. Im not sure how often they are offered or how long they run through. They do have correspondence courses for incarcerated people through certain colleges. Do a google search on correspondence schools. Basically its school by mail and they typically only allow one course at a time and the inmate is given up to a year to complete the course. They can do it sooner though. They offer degrees. The cost generally is $125.00 a credit and most classes are 3 credits so it will run about $375.00 a class. They are certified teachers who send and review the work. Oh yeah and the cost of books. they also can get tuition assistance. Look up adams state college in Colorado or email them at ascextend@adams.com or look up Ohio University or email them at cpi@ohio.edu. They both offer a correspondence program for inmates and can send you and the inmate information on what is offered and the cost. Good luck!
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yeah , you can also check on www.ashworthcollege.edu ! they deal with inmates too, and you could little down payment like 50 bucks a month...
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Old 06-14-2010, 09:09 PM
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Ohio State University offers correspondence course too. Everything is included in their price. Books, all mailing cost and I think that they even send paper and pencils. The hardest thing about finding correspondence courses is that most of them are on computer but theirs is actual paper correspondence courses. They even assign a counselor for them
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I thought it was Ohio University...
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There is also a program called Pathways from St Cloud University in Minnesota. There is a lot if info in the subtitle education on the inside from the main page. All course work must be cleared by the prison, and the inmate must pay for the classes. My son is just going through the steps to get registered for a class now. He has also signed up for a class that is offered at the facility.
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Default Classes from Ohio U.

My son is taking college classes from Ohio U. I looked all over the country for programs that allow you to complete a bachelors' degree while incarcerated. Many universities allow up to 18 credit hours of correspondence work. And there are many computer-based college degrees now, but almost none that allow true hand-written correspondence. Ohio U. has had one of those for many years. One of the good things about their program is that as far as the school is concerned, once accepted, you have the same "on campus" status as all other students. The student is assigned a counselor and that is a big help, as sometimes, the course work is held up and needs to be tracked down. Also, the counselor can help the student decide which courses to take and whether he/she can get credit for courses taken before at other schools. Naturally, a person in prison can't take some courses, like Chemistry, Astronomy, etc. But a degree in liberal arts is possible. They call it a "Bachelors of Specialized Studies". Cost for the courses includes all books. Good luck!
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