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DUIs and Educational Opportunities

If you are planning on attending a college or university, you may be wondering if a DUI arrest or conviction could get in the way of those plans, and it can. Generally, if you're arrested or convicted of DUI, it can affect your educational opportunities.

Colleges typically require that applicants disclose any criminal arrests or convictions on their application, and this includes a misdemeanor or a felony DUI, so keep this in mind.

If you have more than one DUI, or if you have a felony DUI on your record, a university may not approve your application.

However, if you have only one DUI conviction and there were no aggravating circumstances, for instance, no one was hurt, then the school may accept you providing you complete a drug and alcohol counseling program.

Some schools won’t deny a student because they had a DUI arrest or conviction, but they will send the student packing if they fail to disclose the arrest or conviction when they apply to the school.

How will your DUI arrest or conviction affect your ability to attend the college or university of your choosing? It will come down to the school’s polices regarding DUIs.

If you are arrested for DUI after you’ve been admitted to the school, check the school’s policies to see if you are required to report the arrest to the administration; sometimes you have to report all arrests within a set number of days.

Often, it’s not the DUI itself that leads to suspension from a school, but it’s the failure to report that lands the student in trouble. If you have multiple DUI arrests while attending the college, the school may decide to ask you to leave because keeping you would violate its policies.

Please be aware that even if you’re only temporarily suspended, it could adversely affect your financial aid. Why? Because, your grades could drop because you’re not allowed in class or due to the school’s policy.

Financial Aid Can Be Affected by a DUI

A DUI can affect your eligibility for financial aid. For example, many federal programs won’t provide financial aid to students with felony DUI convictions. As far as private financial aid or scholarships, you’ll have to learn about their rules and procedures; some of these private programs are only concerned about felony convictions.

What if you’re trying to get a scholarship? If you’re applying for a scholarship with a DUI on your record, be aware – that DUI conviction may tip the scales and not in your favor.

If you’re concerned about how your DUI will affect your future, contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for help! Call now for a free consultation.