Educational Technology

November 19, 2013

College classes available to all Maine inmates, but interest limited

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Judy Meyer, Sun Journal

In Maine, the Sunshine Lady Foundation tuition grant program is available only at the Warren facility and only to a select few, but other inmates there and inmates in other prisons can take college classes through online courses once they complete what’s called an “accuplacer” test and are approved for enrollment by each prison’s respective education department. For inmates who meet these qualifications, the Department of Corrections pays as much as two-thirds of the tuition and inmates or their families are responsible for the rest, ranging from $175 at the Bolduc Correctional Center to $220 at the Maine State Prison per three-credit class. The department also pays the full cost of books, which can run up to $700 per semester. To qualify for this funding, students must maintain at least a C average and stay out of trouble while in prison.

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