IDOC Encourages Applications to the Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP)

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The Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) is now accepting applications for a new cohort of students for the 2022-2023 academic year. IDOC partners with NPEP, a degree-granting initiative of Northwestern University, and Oakton Community College to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to individuals in custody at Stateville Correctional Center. Northwestern is the only top-ten university in the country to confer its own bachelor’s degrees to students in a prison education program. NPEP will expand to include the third cohort of students at Stateville Correctional Center with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This academic year is the first time NPEP will consider applications from eligible candidates in IDOC facilities across the state of Illinois. This new opportunity supports the Department’s Incentive Based Corrections model, which provides programming opportunities to more individuals based on their individual case plan. To participate in the program, all accepted students will need to transfer to Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, IL, which is now a multi-security facility. Each NPEP cohort is limited to 20 students. Prospective students have until August 15th to submit their application. All NPEP courses are credit-bearing and taught by faculty members at Northwestern and Oakton and by advanced graduate students at Northwestern with content and expectation equivalent to those on the Chicago, Des Plaines, Evanston, and Skokie campuses. For more information, visit

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