Print-based Correspondence

COVID-19 and the Prison College Program

Registration will open for Spring #1 2022 starting December 1, 2021. Payments for the Spring #1 2022 semester will be processed the first week of January 2022.

Please note, most prisons throughout the United States have restricted movement inside prisons to prevent the spread of the virus. This has caused operational problems regarding proctoring and, in the rare occasion, mail delivery.

If a student’s proctor is not allowed to enter the facility or otherwise could not proctor their exam we will use the following process to help the incarcerated students:

  • If a Department of Corrections staff member is unable to proctor, instructors can provide an alternative assignment to substitute for exams.
  • If an instructor is unable to provide an alternative assignment, we will grant an extension until the lock down lifts.
  • Additionally, in the rare case that a student is unable to send anything out of the facility, we will automatically grant an extension until the lock down lifts.

Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

The Correspondence Education Program is aware of the recent repeal of the 1994 ban on Pell grants for incarcerated students. At this time, we are awaiting further guidance from the U.S. Department of Education to provide more information. We do not anticipate guidance and information becoming available for several months. Additionally, this change will likely not go into effect until 2023. We thank you in advance for your patience and hope to have more updates soon!

We have helped thousands of incarcerated individuals throughout the United States reach their education goals!

Take courses and earn a degree through print-based correspondence. At Adams State University, we know how important education is to all individuals, especially for those who happen to be incarcerated. Through correspondence courses, Adams State University provides an opportunity for incarcerated students to work for college credit and towards a degree.

Adams State University is committed to addressing the specific needs of incarcerated students.

Quality: Adams State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. HLC can be contacted at 800-621-7440,

Affordability: Tuition for correspondence courses is $220 per semester hour with the same low rate of tuition for both Colorado and non-Colorado residents.

Support: Each student is assigned an advisor who is a single point of contact, available year round by toll-free telephone or US mail.

Transferability : ASU can accept up to 90 transfer credit hours from regionally accredited institutions of Higher Education for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree and up to 45 credit hours for an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science.

Documents to Download & Print

Contact Us

Family members wishing to request information on behalf of an incarcerated student should call, email, or instruct the student to submit a letter requesting a packet of information be mailed to them. The address provided must meet facility mailing requirements. The Correspondence Education Program is not responsible for mailed items which are held or rejected by the correctional facility.

Mailing Address
Adams State University
Correspondence Education Program
208 Edgemont Blvd., Suite 3000
Alamosa, CO 81101

Fax: 719-587-7974