2023 NCHEP 13

The 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison will be an in-person event.

November 9-11 in Atlanta, GA


This year's NCHEP theme is: Close the Distance.

The Alliance seeks to challenge the field of higher education in prison (HEP) to think about the various ways we can use education to close distances. The distances that exist between the “inside” and the “outside,” the disparities in career opportunities and access to resources, the separations of families and communities, the societal gaps between those living securely and those subjected to insecurity, the distances between theory and practice, between our intentions and our impact, and the distance between higher education in prison and higher education outside of prison. There are endless ways in which education can work to close distances and draw us into closer relationship, and the 13th NCHEP encourages us to explore these ways together as a community. In doing so, we push the field to view higher education in prison not simply as curriculum development and delivery, but as a complex ecosystem with symbiotic components. These components must be nurtured and supported to cultivate collaborative learning environments that benefit all: students, facilitators, administrators, and community members both inside and outside of prison.

Registration opens August 1 and closes November 1. There is no registration fee for currently incarcerated individuals. For all other participants, the registration fee is $350.  To lessen the burden for those in need, the Alliance can provide some financial assistance. We aim to support as many attendees possible and will prioritize the applications of formerly incarcerated people. Applications for financial aid have closed. We anticipate that financial aid decisions will be made early August.

Call for Volunteers

We are now accepting applications for NCHEP volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are integral members of the conference and can support in a variety of roles including, tech support for incarcerated presenters, session logistics, panel moderation, and registration. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our application. We will be in contact in the coming months with more information and volunteer assignments.

Mural from the National Center for Human and Civil Rights in Atlanta, GA (Photo: Meg Galindo)

The NCHEP Planning Team is excited to bring the higher education in prison community to Atlanta, Georgia this year. The selection of Atlanta as the conference site affords the opportunity to learn about the city's rich history of social movements, and to engage critically with questions about presence and absence, spatial and ideological distances, and the latent transformative potential of occupying contradictory spaces. For conference participants experiencing incarceration, virtual presence constitutes a necessary locus for fostering critical dialogue. However, such dialogue transpires within the paradoxical context of a jarring physical absence in the actual city of Atlanta.

The process for choosing a location starts long before the conference itself and is subject to a range of considerations including logistics and accessibility. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the location selection process, as well as resources and opportunities for engagement with local organizations.


We will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available.

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timeline for the 13th NCHEP:

  • November 9-11, 2023: Conference in Atlanta, GA
  • November 1, 2023: NCHEP Registration Deadline
  • September 30, 2023: Futures without Fractures Competition Deadline
  • August 29, 2023: Volunteer Applications Open
  • August 15, 2023: Notification of Financial Aid Awards
  • August 1, 2023: Futures without Fractures Competition Opens
  • August 1, 2023: Registration for Attendance Opens
  • July 31, 2023: Financial Aid Application Deadline
  • July 24, 2023: Notifications of Proposal Acceptance or Decline
  • July 1, 2023: Financial Aid Applications Open
  • June 15, 2023: Proposal Deadline
  • April 14, 2023: Invitation for Proposals
  • March 2023: Conference Announcement

Overview of the 13th NCHEP 

Conference Registration

Registration for the 13th NCHEP is now open!

To register for the conference you must first fill out our registration form and then purchase your conference ticket. Your registration will not be complete until you have completed both of these steps.

Learn more about registration


Conference events will begin on the morning of Thursday, November 8 and end before Saturday, November 11 at 4:00 p.m.

Hotel Information

The 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prison (NCHEP) will be held at the Buckhead Grand Hyatt in Atlanta, GA. Unfortunately, the discounted room block at the hotel has sold out. However, you can still book at the conference hotel at the regular rate. We have also researched alternative hotels within walking distance of the Grand Hyatt that you may want to explore.

Hotel Options


Check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

13th NCHEP FAQ Page

Creative Competition: Futures without Fracture

Calling all artists, creatives, writers, and anyone with something to say. This year the NCHEP Planning Team is hosting a creative competition around the theme of “Close the Distance.”

This competition is open to all, including currently incarcerated people. The submission portal closes September 30, midnight PT.


Grand Prize: $1,000

Second Place Prize: $500

Third Place Prize: $250

Learn more

NCHEP Zoom Access Survey for Currently Incarcerated Individuals

The theme of the 13th National Conference on Higher Education in Prisons is "Close the Distance." As such, the Alliance seeks to make NCHEP as inclusive and interactive as possible for the those who are currently incarcerated. This survey collects information about currently incarcerated students' access to Zoom in an effort to plan this year's NCHEP in way that promotes both.

Take the Survey

Financial Aid

The Alliance for Higher Education in Prison covers many costs associated with NCHEP attendance for financial aid recipients. This can include flights, hotel stays, conference registration, transportation to/from the airport, and/or incidentals during the conference. Financial aid packages are available for anyone without institutional support to attend the 13th NCHEP.  People who are formerly incarcerated will be prioritized for financial aid.

The deadline for submitting an application was July 31. Award notification occurred August 15, 2023. Please direct any questions to nchep@higheredinprison.org.

Learn more about the financial aid process

Invitation for Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals has passed.

This year's conference will feature a full day of presentations by currently incarcerated scholars, followed by two days of meetings, presentations, and activities. Although the deadline for proposals has passed, we understand that incarcerated individuals may not have been able to confirm their ability to present before the deadline. If you are incarcerated or serving as a proxy for an incarcerated person who would like to present, please email us at nchep@higheredinprison.org.


Dates and Deadlines

June 15 - Proposal Deadline

July 15 - Notification of Accept or Decline

Learn more about the submission process

Sponsors of the 13th NCHEP