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    Inmate DL courses and degree opportunities?

    Inmate print based credit DL courses and degree opportunities questions.

    I occasionally have questions about low cost print-based college courses, and degree programs for inmates. Low cost is preferred because they do not qualify for government aid, and families are usually cash strapped.

    I’m aware of LSU and Seminary Extension print courses, along with Ohio University programs for the incarcerated.

    Could the experts here add anything on ‘low cost print-based’ correspondence courses, and degree opportunities for the incarcerated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyJim View Post
    Inmate print based credit DL courses and degree opportunities questions.

    I occasionally have questions about low cost print-based college courses, and degree programs for inmates. Low cost is preferred because they do not qualify for government aid, and families are usually cash strapped.

    I’m aware of LSU and Seminary Extension print courses, along with Ohio University programs for the incarcerated.

    Could the experts here add anything on ‘low cost print-based’ correspondence courses, and degree opportunities for the incarcerated?

    BobbyJim

    Have you looked at NationsU? It is free to inmates but unaccreditied.

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    How about Western Governors U? It's inexpensive, but not free. I wonder if they offer any help to inmates?
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    Yes, I know of Nations University and should have included it on my list.

    Nations has a great program for inmates, and will be even better if DETC accreditation or ACE evaluations of courses comes to pass.

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    The field of study wasn't mentioned, but I'll bring it up anyway. I understand that inmates with paralegal skills are popular (in a good way) in prison. They can often use their skills in assisting with legal matters to afford them privileges (from other inmates) including barter and not getting harassed.

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    This is an interesting thread. Are there tutoring/teaching opportunities for such persons? (State run of course)

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    paralegal via correspondence

    Here is a paralegal urse that is DETC accredited.

    Online Paralegal School - Certificate in Paralegal Studies - U.S. Career Institute

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    The University of Idaho offers a number of print-based distance learning courses.

    Undergraduate college courses cost $100 per credit hour, plus a $25 administrative fee per course.
    Graduate college courses cost $140 per credit hour, plus a $25 administrative fee per course.

    Source: http://www.uiweb.uidaho.edu/isi/faq.htm
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    Well this is an odd thread. In Texas as in most states, inmates with good behavior can attend college for free from any of the State run Universities and more. I have a friend who has his BA and MA from U of H from his time in the State Penn. He was in for five years and busted his a** to get it done. He now pushes six figures a year.

    On a side note if your friend gets good at being a jail house lawyer, they can make as much as 5 cans of grape soda and 10 stamps a month. They can also expect quarterly bounces up to 3 squares.
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    Good comments about print based courses. Thanks, and keep them coming.

    As far as a field of study, general education courses at lower and upper levels are what I was looking for. Obviously lab courses are generally out of the question.

    Some states do have free or reduced tuition for inmates, and some don't. None allow Pell or other federal aid. Some states have onsite college classes for 'youth offenders' under age 25 yrs, but nothing but vocational onsite for over that age. Some states allow DVD/CD based courses, but some allow print based only. In some cases hardbound or spiral bindings are not allowed.

    Even CLEP can be a problem because few of their exams are now 'paper and pencil', but DSST is still mostly available in 'paper and pencil'.

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    b4 - I was not aware of such a program in Texas. Can you provide a link to the program?

    I know Texas has its own inmate high-school district that includes vo-tech programs, but could this be a U of Houston inititive?

    In any event, not all inmates are in Texas, even though it seems that way sometime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobbyJim View Post
    Even CLEP can be a problem because few of their exams are now 'paper and pencil', but DSST is still mostly available in 'paper and pencil'.
    I did not know that paper DSST were still available, our base only uses computer test for both CLEP and DSST. Also since being on computer the price has more than doubled. Ten years ago you could take one for 40, now they are 80 plus a 20 dollar fee.
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    b4 - I'm still would like a link to the free Texas college for inmates. My seaches turned up zip for such a program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cravenco View Post
    This is an interesting thread. Are there tutoring/teaching opportunities for such persons? (State run of course)
    Yes, there are teaching opportunities. Some prisons have face to face high school and community college programs onsite.

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