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Pilot program will help inmates get college education

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Three Michigan colleges have been selected to take part in a pilot program that will help inmates earn college degrees.

Delta College, Mott Community College and Jackson College were the three schools from the state of Michigan selected for the federal program that provides financial aid to inmates who are interested in pursuing a degree.

In all, 67 institutions from across the country will take part in the U.S. Department of Education's "Second Chance Pell Program."

The program aims to help prisoners gain the education and skills they need to secure jobs and successfully rejoin the community following release.

Jackson College was awarded the most grants of any higher education institution nationwide, with financial aid available to 1,305 eligible prisoners for classes.

Delta College will be able to offer grants to 15 inmates and Mott Community College will have grants for 155 inmates.

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