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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 work toward an Ohio University degree.

Sajad Shakoor earned his Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree while he was incarcerated. An Ohio University education opened many doors for him and made him an agent of change in the world. View the video below to learn more about this Ohio University success story.

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, 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 includes information regarding degree programs, courses, tuition and financial aid, the admission process, and the forms listed below. Students will receive a hard copy of each form in the mail.

After a student is admitted to the University, he or she will receive a personalized welcome packet from the student's academic advisor.

The student welcome packet includes information regarding the degree options, course information and policies, tuition and financial aid, payment, and the forms listed below. Students will receive a hard copy of each form in the mail.

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.

All communication between the student and instructor must be facilitated through the student’s academic advisor. If the student has a question about a lesson or when he or she will receive a grade, the student should contact the academic advisor first. The advisor will contact the instructor on behalf of the student. Any parent, sibling, or advocate for the student also should direct questions to the academic advisor instead of contacting the student’s instructor.

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.

Cost and Payment

The application fee is $25. Students or sponsors should NOT pay any course registration, tuition, or fees until receiving a billing invoice. Courses selected must be approved by the student's academic advisor after which charges are invoiced and sent to the student and/or his or her sponsor. 

2014-2015 Academic Year
Effective fall semester 2013, OHIO Correctional Education students will pay the following price for tuition and materials:

Ohio resident: $340 per credit hour
Non-Ohio resident: $343 per credit hour

This rate applies to ALL print-based courses and course credit by examination. The price includes the tuition, instructional materials, course guides, shipping costs, and all materials for each course.

If payment for tuition is received by the 21st day of the month, the student's effective start date will be the first day of the next month. Payments received on the 22nd day of the month up until the last day of the month will cause the student's effective start date to skip a month. For example if a payment was received between January 1-21, the student's effective start date would be February 1. If the payment was received between January 22-31, the student's effective start date would be March 1.

The tuition and fees above are valid through the 2013-2014 academic calendar, which includes all courses with a start date of September 1, 2013, through August 1, 2014. Tuition and fee information is available on the Office of the Bursar's Tuition and Fees page. Click on the 2013-2014 eLearning link.

A student services fee is added to courses 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.

Application Review

All Ohio University students who have been convicted of a felony must complete a review process. This process is deferred for students participating through the Correctional Education program during the period of incarceration only. Correctional Education students who wish to continue enrollment after being released must submit a re-enrollment form to the Registrar’s Office and complete the required felony review process through the Office of Legal Affairs

This review process will determine a student’s post-release enrollment options, including on-campus, online, and/or print-based enrollment. Most Correctional Education students are able to continue enrollment through one or more of these options. However, eligibility for enrollment at Ohio University through the Correctional Education program does not guarantee eligibility for other forms of enrollment after incarceration; in extreme and rare cases, a Correctional Education student may be prohibited from continuing enrollment at OHIO after release.  

More Information

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




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