Back to School: A Guide to Continuing Your Education after Prison

The Back to School reentry guide, funded and revised in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to assist adults in state prison planning to pursue or continue their education after release.
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Author(s): 
Anna Crayton
Nicole Lindahl
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the U.S. Department of Education
Published: 
2010
Number of Pages: 
64
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Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 5--ASE Low
NRS EFL 6--ASE High
Abstract: 

The Back to School reentry guide, funded and revised in 2010 by the U.S. Department of Education, is intended to assist adults in state prison planning to pursue or continue their education after release. It walks readers through the process of planning for and accessing education programs, including adult basic, GED, vocational, and higher education; provides instructions for accessing community resources, financial assistance, and other services; and offers practical advice at each step along the way in the form of testimonials from formerly incarcerated individuals who have realized a diverse array of educational achievements. The guide is designed to assist the work of correctional and community-based reentry staff as well as inspire and support adults leaving prison to take advantage of educational resources in their communities. This guide contains the following parts: (1) Preparing to Go Back to School; (2) Earning your GED or Diploma; and (3) Earning a College Education. Appended are: (1) Correspondence Courses; (2) Sample Website for an Internet Search Engine; (3)Sample Resume; (4) Weekly Schedule; (5) Financial Aid Ban for People with Drug Convictions; (6) FAFSA Checklist; and (7) State Adult Education Program Offices. A glossary is included.

Benefits and Uses: 

This resource helps learners prepare for returning to an educational environment in preparation to enter a sustainable career pathway.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.