Ithaca College Prison Education Program

Ithaca College offers credit-bearing courses at Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for men in Elmira, NY. With administrative support from the Cornell Prison Education Program, IC offers three courses a year. Currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Interested in financially sponsoring a course or student?

Legislation that banned the use of federal funds for need-eligible incarcerated students is being reviewed for appeal. In the meantime, college programs in prisons must be privately funded by the educational institutions themselves. Neither state nor federal funding is available. With a full waiver of course tuition, the average cost of an IC class at the prison is only $8,000. Books and faculty compensation are our only direct expenses.

Ithaca College's prison education program is a pilot program. Funding was allocated for six classes, through Fall 2020, but is not guaranteed in 2021. Additionally, the program currently remains suspended due to COVID-19. Donations earmarked for IC’s Prison Education Program will help us continue. To give a gift, donate online at give.ithaca.edu, and indicate the gift should be directed to IC's Prison Education Program. To donate by check, mail to:

Ithaca College
Office of Extended Studies
953 Danby Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

Note "Prison Education Program" on the check memo.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Interested in Teaching Incarcerated Students?

Ithaca College's Prison Education Program (ICPEP) pays faculty per credit overload based on standard negotiated rates. ICPEP follows the Cornell Prison Education Program's (CPEP) course schedule, which runs on fall, spring, and summer semesters. Fall and Spring courses meet once weekly in the evenings 6:30-9:30 pm (with an arrival time to the prison at 6:00 pm) for fifteen weeks. Summer courses run twice a week in the evenings 6:30-9:30 pm (with an arrival time to the prison at 6:00 pm) for eight weeks.

Yes! An undergraduate TA has been approved for ICPEP courses. These are unpaid, volunteer positions, and students must be 21 years old+ to volunteer at the Elmira Correctional Facility. (NYS policy, so no exceptions.)

To propose a course, email oes@ithaca.edu. Questions? Call 607-274-3143.