2021 National Conference on Higher Education in Prison


With the conclusion of the 11th NCHEP in-person events in Denver, CO and the Virtual Sessions the following week, the 11th NCHEP Planning Team wants to extend its deepest gratitude to all the presenters, in person and virtually: your scholarship has enriched our community immensely. We also would like to express thanks to all of the attendees who showed up day after day with enthusiasm and ready to learn and contribute your own ideas.

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COVID-19 Requirements

The 11th NCHEP will be hosted as an in-person event at the Denver Marriott Tech Center (Denver, CO). We will not ask for vaccination proof although we strongly recommend that only people who are fully vaccinated travel to the conference. Instead, we will rely on each other’s sense of community and responsibility, and ask all attendees to always wear a mask during NCHEP (except when eating or drinking). In addition to working in tandem with the hotel to support safe and physical distancing during sessions, the Alliance will provide masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes at the Registration Desk, Wellness Room and in all breakout rooms throughout the duration of the11th NCHEP (free of charge to all attendees). 

For more information and updates regarding the ways we will prioritize the safety of the conference attendees, please visit the COVID-19 Requirements and Precautions section of the NCHEP website.

Virtual Participation Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that the 11th NCHEP Keynote Address and all Plenary Sessions will be live-streamed on the NCHEP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialNCHEP/). If you are not able to attend the in-person gathering, you can still view the many special events planned throughout the conference in real time! 

Additionally, a Virtual Event that will take place on Zoom during the week following the conference (November 17-19). This virtual set of sessions will offer the entire community an opportunity to continue the conversations initiated in Denver while accommodating those who cannot travel during the pandemic. All sessions are free and open to the public.

View the Virtual Event Schedule and Register to Attend Sessions.

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timeline for the 11th NCHEP:

  • April 2021: Conference Announcement
  • June 2021: Conference Theme and Proposal Submission Process
  • July/August 2021: Proposals Due and Registration and Financial Aid Open
  • September 2021: Notification of Proposal Accept/Decline
  • November 11-14, 2021: 11th NCHEP in Denver, CO
  • November 17-19: Virtual Events (Zoom)

Overview of the 11th 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.


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.


Check out our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

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

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.

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.

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