Yes, a sex offender can go to college!
Here is what a sex offender needs to do.
First since you likely have been in prison for past a year you are without income for the previous year. A Pell grant is awarded for those with low income in almost every single case. They are easy to get for most people. Let us give you a few quick steps to help you enroll in college.
Stop thinking about what you are going to college for and start thinking about how you are going to do it. Quit putting road blocks up and just accept the fact that you are unable to make up your mind at that point. What’s more important is that you get into college in the first place.
Decide where you want to go and figure out how much it will cost you. A few phone calls to colleges you are interested will help. Remember its better to go to a physical college then a strictly online school. You will meet people there who can be good friends. Just don’t get to friendly because you are a sex offender and you want to keep that on the “down low”.
Things you need to ask the college are…
- What financial options do I have? Can you set me up with an appointment with finical aid and a consoler?
- Can you mail me a book of your classes and prices?
- Do you have online classes?
- When do I need to enroll for classes?
These things are just some questions that should be asked. However make your own list to suit your needs. If the people get a little snippy with you just explain you are a new student and you are scared and just really want to make something of your life. They will usually change their tone and become more helpful. they will then tell you that you need to take a placement test to help you figure out your first set of classes. They need to know where to place you before you can even register for classes.
Since by now hopefully you have met with financial aid. They were able to give you the steps you need to take to get your Pell grant and student loans if you need them. Do everything they say. If you can’t figure it out then have someone help you. Do not give up. That is the worst thing you can do. Never give up on yourself. Also to get the max amount of loans you need to be a full time student. If you are not working then this is a great option.
Go in and pay for your classes. They will have your Pell Grant and student loans on file. Its as simple as meeting with the advisor. Followed by a short walk to where you register for classes. You will most likely see a long lineup of students. Its normal and you may need to wait a little while. If you need to have them transfer money to the college book store to get your books do so at this time. Not all colleges work this way. However most do.
Go to the book store and buy your books. They will be expensive but your loans and Pell Grant should pay for them. Most books are between $50 and $200. However there are cheaper options if you just talk to the people at the book store. They may tell you to just buy them off eBay or something.
Find where you classes are and then go home and wait for your first day of school. College is great, We hope you enjoy it.
If this article has helped you out in anyway please share this on your social media accounts or email it to other sex offenders that you may know. Together we can put an end to sex offender unemployment.