Correctional Education

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety together 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.

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 a STG affiliation status level of 1 through 3 cannot take on-site courses.

The Procedure

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.

Self-paced Correspondence Courses

Individuals who are incarcerated can take for-credit correspondence courses through the mail. Out-of-state individuals can pay like any other student, while North Carolina inmates can participate in the Outreach Program. Outreach Program courses last nine months, with an available four-month extension. A second four-month extension is available, for $75.

On-site Classroom Courses

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 generally transferable to other colleges, universities, and community colleges that offer equivalent courses, provided the students earns a C or better.


The Friday Center offers academic advising to incarcerated individuals and their advocates, providing assistance in course selection and degree path.  You can reach an adviser at 919-962-3449 or:

Academic Advising
Friday Center for Continuing Education
Campus Box 1020
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-1020

For More Information

Raphael Ginsberg
Associate Director of Correctional Education

Correctional Education Staff

Raphael Ginsberg received his BA from Oberlin College, and his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been teaching through the Correctional Education Program since 2008, and began administering the program in 2014. Among his other publications, Raphael published an article about prison pedagogy in the journal Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy.

Laura Respess received her BS from East Carolina University. She has been with the Friday Center and the Outreach program since 2006.

Supporting Correctional Education

If you are interested in supporting Correctional Education, please contact Raphael Ginsberg at 919-966-3587 or