College Correspondence Programs for Prisoners: How to Enroll in College From Prison

While there is plenty of information out there on how to attend college in-person or online, there is very little about how to do so via correspondence. This is the method of study that the majority of prisoners are limited to because they lack the ability to attend classes in-person and don’t generally have access to computers or the internet. In an effort to help prisoners and their family members locate suitable distance learning offerings, the following guidelines are presented: Locating College Correspondence Programs The hard truth is that there just aren’t nearly as many college correspondence course providers as there used to be. This is largely due to the advent of Internet-based learning modalities. As such, quality offerings are limited. The top three college correspondence course providers are Adams State University, Upper Iowa University, and Colorado State University at Pueblo. These three schools have quality, established correspondence programs that many prisoners have successfully participated in. For a more complete profiling of these programs, along with other college correspondence programs and correspondence programs at other levels of study, consider my book Prison Education Guide or the correspondence program profiles at PrisonEducation.com. Evaluate Each School’s Offerings After locating quality college correspondence programs, the next step is to evaluate each school’s offerings. For the most part, correspondence program providers tend not to offer all that many courses that are accessible to prisoners. This is because many correspondence courses require students to have the use of a DVD player, computer, or other media player. Luckily, there are programs that are entirely paper-based. These tend to consist of textbooks, paper study guides (which direct the student to read certain textbook chapters and complete certain assignments), and written lessons, all of which can be completed entirely through the mail. All three of the above course providers foot this bill. After verifying that the correspondence program is paper-based, it’s time to think about the program’s offerings. One of the...

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