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ED/OPE RIN: 1840-AD54 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Pell Grants for Prison Education Programs 

The Consolidated Appropriation Act, 2021 defines prison education programs for purposes of Pell Grant eligibility. The Department plans to propose regulations that would guide correctional facilities and eligible institutions of higher education that seek to establish eligibility for the Pell Grant program.

Agency: Department of Education(ED)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 34 CFR 600.20    34 CFR 600.21    34 CFR 668.8   
Legal Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1001-1002    20 U.S.C. 1070a, 1070a-1, 1070b, 1070c-1, 1070c-2, 1070g    20 U.S.C. 1085, 1087aa-1087hh, 1088, 1091    1094    1099b, and 1099c    42 U.S.C. 2753   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

These regulations are necessary to increase access to educational opportunities for individuals who are incarcerated because research demonstrates that high-quality prison education programs increase the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain high-quality and stable employment.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

These regulations are being issued under the following authorities:  20 U.S.C. 1001-1002; 20 U.S.C. 1070a, 1070a-1, 1070b, 1070c-1, 1070c-2, 1070g; 20 U.S.C. 1085, 1087aa-1087hh, 1088, 1091; 1094; 1099b, and 1099c; and 42 U.S.C. 2753.


We have limited information about the alternatives at this time. 

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

We have limited information about the anticipated costs and benefits at this time. 


We have limited information about the risks at this time. 

Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Intent to Commence Negotiated Rulemaking  05/26/2021  86 FR 28299   
NPRM  05/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Aaron Washington
Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW, Room 294-12,
Washington, DC 20202
Phone:202 453-7241