Today the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a guidance package regarding educational access for justice involved youth (learn more here.) Below is a statement from the EIO Coalition in response to guidance related to Pell grant eligibility for justice involved youth:

“We applaud the U.S. Department of Education and Attorney General Holder for taking steps to clarify existing statutes establishing that juveniles not in Federal or State Penal institutions, who meet eligibility requirements, are eligible for Pell Grants. We all know the value access to higher education has in lowering recidivism, increasing public safety, and strengthening families and communities. That is why we are happy the Department of Education and the Attorney General took steps as part of the guidance package on providing quality education to America’s confined youth, to make clear that young people in juvenile justice centers, who qualify, are eligible for Pell Grants. We hope these small steps are the first on the path to repealing the ban on Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals regardless of age.”

Mel Gagarin
Senior Associate of Public Affairs
Education from the Inside Out Coalition
College and Communtiy Fellowship
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1626
New York, NY 10115
P: 646-380-7772
C: 718-685-6108

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