Prison Education Initiative

The Prison Education Initiative (PEI) at Jackson College is a higher education program whose mission is to assist incarcerated students in identifying and achieving their educational goals. As such, PEI offers incarcerated students an opportunity to earn college credits toward a general transfer certificate, a business administration certificate, and/or an Associate in General Studies degree.

Our classes are small, taught face to face by JC part- and full-time professors, and transfer seamlessly to all colleges and universities participating in the Michigan Transfer Agreement. PEI students excel in their course work. Many are currently on the Dean’s List and have earned awards for academic excellence.

In order to qualify for the PEI program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • GED completion, earned HS diploma, and/or prior college credit
  • Satisfactory scores on JC placement tests
  • MDOC Security Level I or II
  • Six months clear conduct
  • Financial support to cover tuition and fees each semester
  • Agreement to enroll in assigned courses
  • Most students must be 18 months or more from their Earliest Release Date (ERD) depending on their programming requirements

Students enrolled in the PEI program are required to take at least one class during the Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters. Courses offered range from approximately $550 for a three-credit course to approximately $775 for a four-credit course. Tuition, fees, books, and supplies are included in this cost.

All PEI students are required to take a 5 week Freshman Year Seminar (FYS) course their first semester to participate in the PEI program. The FYS course is a $40, non-credit course to be paid after the student is registered in their regular college course(s). Students who place in lower than college level reading or writing are required to take ENG 131 – Writing Experience their first semester.

We expect all PEI students to be on their best behavior at all times. Students can be removed, solely at the discretion of the MDOC, from the program, class(es) they are enrolled in, and the correctional facility where they are housed if they receive a misconduct ticket. Tuition and fees are not refundable.

To get started, please view the enrollment information.

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