Educational grants are first based on whether or not a person is incarcerated, and where, or on the type of conviction and how long ago it was. So work your way through the following sections to find the one applicable to you. If none are, then click on the picture AT THE end.
In 1995 Pell Grants were ELIMINATED for ALL folks who are incarcerated in State or Federal prisons, no matter what their crime was, see HR 3355 of the 103rd Congress (1995):
SEC. 20411. AWARDS OF PELL GRANTS TO PRISONERS PROHIBITED.
In 2008 it was realized that folks in civil commitment were getting Pell Grants, because civil commitment was not a state of being incarcerated, that too was eliminated. see HR 4137 of the 110th Congress (2008) (Public Law 110-315)(20 USC 1070a(b)):
(E) in paragraph (7) (as designated by subparagraph (B)), by inserting before the period the following: `or who is subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense (as determined in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program)'; and
However, in the current law 20 USC 1070a(b) it specifically says:
(6) No Federal Pell Grant shall be awarded under this subpart to any individual who is incarcerated in any Federal or State penal institution or who is subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense (as determined in accordance with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program).
Now, it appears that Congress may have intended this to eliminate Pell Grants for those who are going to be civilly committed (i.e., detainees), but, that would not include those already civilly committed.
So, until someone applies and raises this issue, we will not know if they are actually denied getting a Pell Grant while they are civilly committed.
Note: See this financial aid page from a Community College, note their wording re: Civil Commitment:
Incarcerated students and sex offendersAnyone who knows of someone who HAS BEEN civilly committed maybe they might like to give it a try, see if they can get a Pell Grant. We would like to know the outcome.
For now, have a great day and a better tomorrow.
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