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Correctional Education

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. Our staff is dedicated to working with students and their families to provide college-level courses, degree programs, and certificates in a print-based format that is acceptable in most prison facilities. To see if Ohio University is authorized to offer distance education in your state, visit the state authorization page. Ohio University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

All correspondence takes place through the postal system, including advising, invoicing, shipping of course materials, submitting lessons, and receiving grades. Students with access may contact our staff via email and telephone in some situations.

Please note: As of August 2023, Ohio University is not currently accepting applications for new student enrollment in print-based programs.

Entirely print-based degree options
Years distance learning
Print-based courses
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“The OHIO distance learning format ended up being the perfect fit for me, and through it, I was introduced to possible careers, adult education, and counseling, all of which (beyond my release) would require a degree. What began as a desperate attempt to salvage myself and earn a release date over time morphed into future career possibilities.”

—Jesse Simmons, Correctional Education — Bachelor of Specialized Studies