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The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison invites applications for the NCHEP Financial Aid Program from anyone without institutional support to attend the 11th annual conference.

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NCHEP Financial Aid Program: Closed September 20, 2021

Financial aid packages are available for anyone without institutional support to attend the 11th NCHEP. People who are formerly incarcerated will be prioritized for the Financial Aid Program. Awards will be determined by the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Advisory Board and Team. To learn more about the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and its Advisory Board and Team, visit Financial aid awards will cover the cost of travel, accommodations, registration and other reimbursable expenses.

Award notification will begin on August 20, 2021. Financial aid will continue to be awarded on a rolling basis until funds are depleted. Please direct all questions to:     

Below are descriptions of the reimbursable and non-reimbursable expenses related to NCHEP costs, as well as an overview of the reimbursement process. Financial aid recipients should keep copies of all receipts as no expense can be reimbursed without a receipt. 

Financial Support and Reimbursement Process Overview

Reimbursement Process

As the conference comes to a close, all attendees who were supported by the Alliance will receive communication about how and where to submit any expenses for reimbursement, which will happen through an online form. As such, electronic copies of itemized receipts will be needed for all purchases in order to claim reimbursement. For paper receipts, it is recommended that you download a free app, such as Genius Scan or DocScan, that can take a photo and immediately create a PDF of the document. Each receipt should be saved separately, not as a single document containing all receipts. All receipts must be itemized and each item that is part of the reimbursement request must be listed on the receipt. Please look for an email for further information once the reimbursement form is active, following completion of the conference. Please direct questions to:

Meals and Incidentals: Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Unlike many other conferences, NCHEP provides all meals for all its attendees for the duration of the conference. The NCHEP Planning Committee works diligently to ensure appropriate options are available for those with food allergies or preferences, and all attendees are given the opportunity during registration to request food accommodations. With that in mind, very few meal-related charges are reimbursable other than meals on travel days.

Eligible Expenses

Meals (not including alcohol) in advance of or after the event when participants are traveling (e.g., lunch at the airport) and following the Federal Per Diem Rate for the location (e.g., Denver = $18/breakfast; $20/lunch; and $36/dinner).

Ineligible Expenses

  • Any alcohol charges, regardless of the time of purchase. No reimbursements will be given for alcohol.
  • Meals or snacks purchased outside of the event dates or at times when meals are being provided. For example, breakfast is provided on the second day of NCHEP, so food purchased for breakfast on this day will not be reimbursed.
  • Meals purchased for other people who are not financial aid recipients (e.g., if a financial aid recipient is traveling to the conference with another participant who is not receiving financial aid, it is not allowed to submit a reimbursement for two for lunch).
  • Receipts that do not have the full itemized list of expenses.

Hotel: Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

All financial aid recipients needing accommodations at the conference hotel must schedule their arrangements through the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison. Hotel stays must match the dates of the conference and will either be booked once you confirm a flight with the travel agent, or if not booking a flight, in communication with the Alliance. Financial aid recipients planning to stay at the conference hotel for additional nights (prior to or following the conference) will need to book these reservations independent of the accommodations booked by the Alliance and will pay for these accommodations on their own.

Please Note: All hotel stays (for the duration of the conference) must be booked with the Alliance and accommodations booked independent of the Alliance (i.e., through an online booking platform) will not be reimbursed. Financial aid recipients needing accommodations outside of the conference hotel location should communicate these needs directly to the Alliance ( 

Eligible Expenses

  • Traditional Full, Queen, or King hotel rooms for the days of the event.
  • Necessary parking charges, where free parking is not available, for financial aid recipients who provided their own transportation and did not fly (see ‘Ground Transportation’ for more information).

Ineligible Expenses

  • Hotel rooms for days outside of the event dates.
  • Upgraded hotel rooms above traditional Full, Queen, or King.
  • Additional hotel services, including room service, spa fees, or minibar charges.

Ground Transportation: Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

The Alliance encourages all attendees to use public transit, when possible, or to share rides with others when traveling to and from the airport. With that in mind, reimbursement is available for any reasonable mode of transportation to and from the airport, both from your home location and in Denver. Occasionally, it might make more sense to drive your personal vehicle or rent a car to attend NCHEP rather than take a flight, depending on your home location. In that instance, a rental car request should be made in advance of the conference or the cost of using a personal vehicle (i.e., car mileage) in lieu of a flight (reach out to if that is your preferred arrangement).

Eligible Expenses

  • Public transit, taxis, or ride share services to/from the airport. Public transit is preferred, where available.
  • Rental cars in lieu of flights, when necessary or preferred. This includes the cost of gas for any work portion of the trip.
  • Personal cars used for NCHEP attendance, using the GSA standards for mileage reimbursement.
  • Airport parking at the home departure airport equal to and not exceeding the average round trip rate for a taxi/ride share from the starting location (e.g., home or office) to/from the airport.

Ineligible Expenses

  • Public transit, taxis, rental cars or ride share services for personal use while at NCHEP (e.g., to sight-see or transport to other off-site events).
  • Rental car upgrades above a Standard level car, unless the cost is less than other options. If the upgrade is cheaper, please confirm with the Alliance first (
  • Rental car in addition to flight or train to conference hotel.
  • Mileage for rental cars.
  • Mileage for personal car usage that is unrelated to conference events (e.g. visiting family/friends in the area while at NCHEP).
  • Gas for personal car use (which is already included in the mileage calculation).  
  • Parking meters or traffic violation tickets.

Flight: Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

Financial aid recipients who receive assistance with air travel must book their travel through the NCHEP travel agent. The Alliance will connect each financial aid recipient to the travel agent once it is time to start booking flights. Please Note: flights booked outside of the travel agent will not be reimbursed.

Eligible Expenses

  • Standard economy flights to/from destination, which include airfare and one piece of checked luggage plus a carry-on item.
  • Flights coming from one location and departing to another (e.g. traveling from NYC to Denver and then to Miami), so long as the cost is within $100 of a regular roundtrip (e.g. NYC to Denver to NYC) ticket and the total ticket does not exceed $600.00.
  • Flights that arrive or depart outside of the event dates (e.g. arriving three days prior to an event for personal travel), so long as the cost is within $100 of a flight covering only the event days and the total ticket does not exceed $600.00. Note: hotel accommodations will not be arranged for dates outside of the event dates. 

Ineligible Expenses

  • Upgrades of any kind: seats, more than one piece of checked luggage, etc.
  • Last-minute flights: sufficient notice will be given to all financial aid recipients and it is the responsibility of the participant to ensure they book their travel. The Alliance will cover up to $600 for flights booked less than one month prior to the event and flights booked two weeks prior to the event will not be reimbursed, without prior approval.
  • The cost difference between a “preferred airline” versus a lower price ticket on a different airline (i.e., to gain more award miles).
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