In 1994, Bill Clinton signed a law that placed a ban on people in state and federal prisons from receiving Pell Grants. President Obama authorized an experimental program to allow certain colleges to apply on behalf of individuals in prison for Pell Grants and attend college courses while incarcerated. Trump continued the program. On December 21, 2020 Congress moved to lift the long-standing ban on federal student aid – specifically, the Pell grant – for those who are incarcerated. See the article below:
Congress lifts long-standing ban on Pell grants to people in prison For the first time since 1994, incarcerated individuals can get federal aid to pay for college. A prison education scholar explains how higher education helps those who have run afoul of the law. PBS NewsHour
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