Studies indicate prisoners who complete educational programs while incarcerated have a significantly better chance of finding a job and staying out of prison than those who don't. Since 1974, Ohio University’s Correctional Education has provided an opportunity for incarcerated students to study, through print-based courses, to earn college credit and/or an Ohio University degree.
Student Inquiry and Welcome Packets
Students can request to receive information in the mail about OHIO Correctional Education. Requests can be submitted online (using the online request form on the right), by e-mail at email@example.com, by phone toll free at 800.444.2420, or through the mail to Ohio University Correctional Education, 102 Haning Hall, 1 Ohio University, Athens OH 45701.
The student inquiry packet information is listed below:
After a student is admitted to the University, he or she will receive a personalized welcome packet from the student's academic advisor. Some of the information from the student welcome packet has been included below:
Academic Programs and Courses Offered
Incarcerated students can work toward earning the following degrees, or may elect to take classes without declaring a program major.
To view a list of courses offered, click HERE.
How Print-Based Education Works
Degree-seeking and nondegree students may choose to earn college credit through a structured format of lessons and exams with minimal instruction known as print-based courses (PBC) or a “testing out” version of courses referred to as course credit by examination (CCE), which involves no instructor guidance.
PBCs are developed by Ohio University faculty using the same content from their classroom courses. A study guide helps the student understand the material and contains assignments that the student will submit to the instructor for evaluation and feedback. Most lessons require the student to answer objective questions, write brief essays, or complete a paper or project. Generally, two supervised examinations are required—a midcourse and a final examination.
Students enrolled in CCEs receive a syllabus that outlines course requirements, grading policy, and the kind of examination to be taken. The student will need to obtain the textbook and prepare for the examination without assistance from the instructor. The grade on the examination will be the grade for the course.
Students may enroll in classes any time during the year. From the date of enrollment, the student has eight months to complete a PBC and six months to take the exam for a CCE.
The application fee is $25. Tuition charges should be paid only upon receipt of a Correctional Education billing.
Comprehensive Fees (Ohio Resident)
Non-Ohio Resident Fees
Current Correctional Education fees are in effect until June 30, 2013. Comprehensive fees apply only to Ohio University eCampus print-based courses—not course credit by examination courses. Comprehensive fees cover all costs associated with registration in more than 6 credit hours of print-based courses, including tuition, textbooks, supplies, and lesson postage.
The noncredit Paralegal Certificate print-based program includes the cost of materials and instruction only. Textbooks and lesson postage are the responsibility of the student.
The comprehensive fees above apply to registrations in more than 6 credit hours of print-based courses. Single print-based courses are billed on an itemized basis. Tuition is $219 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $222 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents. An average 3-hour course including tuition, textbook(s), supplies, and postage would be approximately $1,050.00 (exact cost varies by course).
Course Credit By Examination (CCE) courses are billed on an itemized basis. Billing includes $108 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $111 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents for tuition plus the cost of textbook(s) and shipping. Tuition for special course credit by examination also is $108 per credit hour for Ohio residents and $111 per credit hour for non-Ohio residents.
Students or sponsors should NOT pay any course registration, tuition, or fees until receiving a billing invoice. Courses selected must be approved by your academic advisor after which charges are invoiced and sent to you or your sponsor.
A student services fee is added to course or comprehensive fees at the rate of $3.00 per credit hour, not to exceed $33.00 for multiple courses taken in one registration. This is a University-wide fee that applies to all students taking Ohio University courses and to all Ohio University course registrations, whether campus-based or distance learning.
For more information about the program, write to Ohio University Correctional Education, 102 Haning Hall, 1 Ohio University, Athens OH 45701; call toll free at 800.444.2420; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.