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Prisoners Get Federal College Money to Attend Hostos Under New Aid Program

(DNAINFO)  Eddie Small | July 14, 2016 —The college was chosen to take part in a pilot program that provides Pell grants to students in prison.

Hostos Community Collegehopes to educate more than 300 prisoners by taking part in a pilot program that provides Pell grants to incarcerated students.

The program, known as Second Chance Pell, was launched by the U.S. Department of Education last summer, and Hostos was one of 67 schools selected to participate in it out of more than 200 that applied, according to Rep. Jose Serrano’s office. The John Jay College of Criminal Justice and LaGuardia Community College were also selected to participate in the program.

“I am thrilled that the Obama Administration has selected Hostos Community College as one of the 67 pilot programs named in the President’s Second Chance Pell Pilot Program,” Serrano said in a statement. “Individuals who have almost finished paying their debt to society and are on the verge of reentry should be given every opportunity to succeed.”

Source: Prisoners Get Federal College Money to Attend Hostos Under New Aid Program – Mott Haven – DNAinfo New York