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P.O. Box 696
Brunswick, ME 04011
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where are College Guild students located?
College Guild serves inmates in state and federal prisons in all 50 states, plus Guam and Puerto Rico. Any inmate can write to request to enroll in College Guild courses, and sometimes family members will write for their loved one that is incarcerated. Either way, College Guild courses are available at no charge, to anyone in prison.
How can someone in prison sign up for courses?
If you know of an incarcerated person interested in enrolling in College Guild, please have them send their name, ID number, and mailing address with a request to be put on the waiting list. This list is currently 6–8 months, but we are working hard to reduce that time. When their turn comes up, they will receive a brief form to fill out and a list of available courses. They should also alert us if their address changes after they have first contacted us.
Why does College Guild not offer a diploma or degree?
We learned early on that by not charging fees and not being an accredited program, our courses would be available to incarcerated people not able to enroll in accredited programs — including those without the money to pay for traditional education and those not allowed to take regular education courses while in prison. College Guild, as a correspondence course, flies under the radar and can reach those without GEDs, on death row, in solitary confinement, or serving life sentences, many of whom are often denied education services.
How is College Guild unique?
College Guild is unique in several ways. We are not affiliated with any religion or religious organization. Though some churches choose to make donations to support our work, we do not promote any religion or specific faith in our courses.
College Guild correspondence courses often reach into the cells of people on death row, in solitary confinement, or serving life sentences who are not allowed access to education programs.
Ours is not a pen pal program, and we do not focus on developing personal friendships with incarcerated people. There are other great organizations that do that, some listed in the Resources section under the About tab.
College Guild also does not go into prisons to meet with students — everything happens by mail. We found early on that our mail-based students had much higher rates of completion of courses than those we met one-on-one; we can also serve many more students in many more locations with this model.
Who writes College Guild's courses?
Our courses are all written by volunteers who have a love of a subject area and want to share it with our students. Volunteers might be teachers or librarians or just someone with a love of gardening or dogs. Volunteers work with our Dean of Students to ensure the course is developed according to College Guild guidelines and principles. It’s a fun and interesting process that produces a real change in the world as the course goes live and our students enroll. If you’d like to learn more about developing a course, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you protect my identity as a volunteer?
Confidentiality is a very important part of our process at College Guild. Only first names are ever exchanged between readers and students and locations are never shared. All correspondence goes through our office mail room and is reviewed by staff to ensure only first names are shared, so our students never have access to a reader's personal information and our readers never have access to a student's personal information.
How much do students pay to participate?
We are free to students, with the one exception that they pay for their outgoing stamps. Students can work on units anywhere and anytime — all they need is a pencil, paper, and time.
What do volunteer readers do?
Our volunteer readers are a crucial part of our program. Readers volunteer to review and provide feedback on student work. Readers receive student work by email once or twice a month. The reader then goes to the College Guild website to view the unit materials and then provides feedback on student work using a Word document. All you need is a computer, internet access and a couple of hours. Typically, you have 7 days to review, provide feedback, and send your feedback to our office by email. You also get to pick the day and time that's most convenient for you. Our readers are all over the United States and abroad.