College Degree Project

Student Teacher Interaction

The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Program’s (APAEP) college degree project through Auburn University offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on business, leadership, and Human Development and Family Sciences. To earn a Bachelor of Science, students complete 120 credits, which is approximately 40 classes.


Classes are taught by faculty members and graduate students from Auburn University and other colleges and universities around the state. The APAEP college degree program offers the same curriculum taught on the main Auburn University campus.


A cohort of students is accepted to the program each year after successful completion of an application and interview process. Before officially accepted to Auburn, students complete a two-semester sequence of non-credit foundational classes in composition and math.



College degree program began at Tutwiler Prison for Women


Students presented a panel at the National Conference for Higher Education in Prison


College degree program established


Students enrolled in college degree program at Staton Correctional Facility and Tutwiler Prison for Women


Semester-long classes taught


College Program Student

“At the beginning of my newfound journey with APAEP, I did not have the slightest clue of the true power of education. I am still amazed at the worldly insight and the profound hope that I encounter daily. APAEP has blessed us with not only the opportunity to obtain the tools needed for success, but also a gained sense of our value as individuals...These are my classmates, my friends, my brothers, and my symbols of a bigger life, a greater goal.”

College Program Student

“I am a 43-year-old father of five. When I received my acceptance letter, it still felt like a dream. No one in my family had ever attended a major university, and yet I was standing in a prison dorm reading a letter which said I had been accepted to Auburn University. That was one of the proudest moments of my life. This program has also helped me draw closer to family. Now when I call and write home, I have a positive outlook and am able to discuss accomplishments that eclipse the shame of the mistakes I made to get here. My eight-year-old son and I discuss our grades and studying."

Community Education Student

“No other class is compared to APAEP classes: the teachers, the information, the supplies, the kindness, and the sincerity are all genuine.”


Pell Grants, available to students through the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Experimental Site Initiative, funds approximately 1/3 of our student tuition expenses. The remainder of the tuition, instructor salaries, textbooks, and class supplies are funded through grant scholarships and philanthropic gifts.