SHEEO Member Webinar: Pell Grants for Prison Education Programs


03/08/2023 to 03/09/2023


Online Webinar


Join us online from 3-4 p.m., Eastern

SHEEO is teaming up with the Vera Institute of Justice, a leading national organization advocating to end overcriminalization and mass incarceration, for a webinar on Wednesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. ET to discuss the implementation of the Pell Grants for Prison Education Programs (PEP). All SHEEOs and SHEEO agency staff members are welcome to participate in the virtual meeting.

Starting on July 1, 2023, any person who is incarcerated, regardless of sentence length or conviction history, will be eligible to draw on their Pell Grant allotment to pursue postsecondary education with an approved prison education program (PEP). Reinstatement of Pell eligibility calls for departments of corrections, state higher education agencies, and accreditors, among others, to collaborate on the approval and operation of prison education programs to enhance students’ access and success opportunities. The regulations on the PEP can be found here.

This webinar will share important federal government updates, rules that SHEEOs will have to follow in their respective states, best practices from the Second Chance Pell Experiment, and tips for SHEEOs moving forward. The webinar will also provide time for questions and answers with leading experts on this issue.

SHEEO members who have not received a calendar invitation but are interested in attending should email

If you have any questions, please contact Tom Harnisch, vice president for government relations at or John Lane, vice president for academic affairs and equity initiatives, at