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Correctional Education

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety partners with UNC-Chapel Hill provide a variety of educational resources to inmates. Only those incarcerated in the North Carolina prison system qualify for the Correctional Education Program. View the sections below to learn more or contact us for more information.

Who is eligible?

Participants must have a GED score of at least 250, a WRAT reading grade level of at least 10.0, or prior college (or community college) academic credits. Students must be able to provide proof of their GED score or a high school transcript. Class A and B felons or those with more than ten years remaining on their sentence are not eligible. Inmates with an STG affiliation status level of 1 through 3 cannot take on-site courses.


Interested individuals should contact a Programs or Education staff member—preferably their case manager—at their correctional facility to confirm they qualify for the Correctional Education Program, to obtain an Outreach Program registration form, and to arrange final examinations.

Course Type: Self-paced Correspondence

Eligible individuals can take for-credit correspondence courses through the mail. Students have twelve months to complete the course.

Course Type: On-site Classroom

On-site classroom courses for college credit are currently offered at seven North Carolina correctional facilities throughout the year.

Transferring Credits

Correctional Education Program courses are UNC-Chapel Hill courses taught by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and are generally transferable to other colleges, universities, and community colleges that offer equivalent courses, provided the students earns a C or better.


We offer academic advising to incarcerated individuals and their advocates, providing assistance in course selection and degree path.

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