Vivian Nixon serves as executive director of College and Community Fellowship, a non-profit that helps women with criminal background apply to, pay for and graduate from college. Under Bill Clinton’s ‘crime bill,’ prisoners were not allowed to receive Pell Grants, rather deemed ineligible which makes it impossible for inmates to obtain federal student aid and limits their opportunities to pursue an education while incarcerated. With the help of the Department of Education, Nixon will be announcing an initiative she has long championed in a fight to give women incarcerated an opportunity to pursue their education. “Several colleges across the country will be given the commission to teach in prisons and be reimbursed at the same rate as Pell grants for the tuition, which means that the number of college programs in prisons across the country is going to probably triple in the next five years,” Nixon stated.

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