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Andrea Cantora, University of Baltimore

(THE CONVERSATION) Congress is thinking of lifting a longstanding ban on federal student aid for those serving time in prison.

The “Restoring Education And Learning Act of 2019,” or the “REAL Act of 2019,” seeks to reinstate federal Pell Grant eligibility for incarcerated individuals. Pell Grants are federal grants meant to help students who need money to go to college.

If Pell Grants were reinstated for those serving time, about 463,000 people in prison would become eligible for the grants.

As director of the University of Baltimore’s Second Chance College Program, I can attest to how such an investment will yield benefits not only

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