Participants in Georgetown University’s Prison Scholars Program recently gathered to kick off the fall semester, attending their first in-person classes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Georgetown Pivot Program recently celebrated its 2020 and 2021 cohorts, recognizing the fellows for their many accomplishments during an especially trying time.
Georgetown University’s Prisons and Justice Initiative will introduce a full bachelor’s degree program for students incarcerated at Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Maryland, in the next academic year.
Recognizing that hundreds of thousands of incarcerated people are poised to become newly eligible for Pell Grants, higher education advocates are not only celebrating the college access implications but also considering what’s needed to ensure quality and equity.
The omnibus spending and stimulus package passed by Congress on December 21 not only provides another round of dedicated funding for higher education institutions but also includes significant changes for student financial aid—shortening the FAFSA, allowing incarcerated students to access Pell grants, and replacing the “expected family contribution” with a new index.
After 10 months, 305 classroom hours, and 105 virtual hours, the Georgetown Pivot Program’s second cohort of fellows graduated this month, prepared for professional success and to be changemakers in their communities.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Business Schools has named the Georgetown Pivot Program as one of 25 leading ways that business schools are transforming higher education by transcending the cultural, political, economic, and financial contexts in which they serve.
The university will use a new Second Chance Pell Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to bolster existing work and launch a new Bachelor of Liberal Arts program at the Patuxent Institution in Maryland.
For thousands of incarcerated students, the pandemic hasn’t just moved their programs online—it has postponed them indefinitely.
Federal officials have invited 67 additional schools—including Georgetown University—to participate in a program that gives incarcerated students access to need-based aid through partnerships between correctional facilities and colleges.
The state—often on the leading edge of prison-based education—may soon expand bachelor’s degrees offerings for incarcerated students.
The funding will enable Georgetown to begin offering a path to bachelor’s degrees for incarcerated students at Maryland’s Patuxent Institution.