If you rely on student aid funding to go to college, then you should be concerned if you are accused of a DUI. While a DUI won’t always stop you from getting funding, you could end up losing your federal aid in some cases.
Federal student aid isn’t always affected by a DUI, but if you are incarcerated for driving while intoxicated and are seeking aid, you may not be eligible. If you are eligible, you may have limits to your eligibility and may have to wait for funding after other qualified students.
What kinds of factors affect student aid eligibility?
Your eligibility will be determined based on factors such as:
- If you are in state or federal prison
- If your DUI is a misdemeanor or felony
- If you have repeat DUIs in your history
If you have gone to state or federal prison, then you may not qualify for:
- The Pell Grant
- Federal student loans
You may still be able to get into a federal work-study program or to seek the Federal Supplemented Educational Opportunity Grant.
Can you get financial aid if you only went to county jail?
If you went to the county jail for your DUI, then you won’t qualify for federal student loans. You may be able to get a Pell Grant, the FSEOG or federal work-study support, though.
Once you are no longer incarcerated, these aid limitations usually do not apply to you any longer. You may return to seeking any kind of federal student aid as long as you don’t have a felony DUI. If you have a felony, then you may find that you’re unable to get aid of any kind. This is because federal programs usually do not award aid to those with felony convictions on their records.
Defend yourself to protect your right to aid
If you are concerned that you may lose your right to federal student aid due to drunk driving, now is the right time to defend yourself. Fighting the charge may help you avoid a conviction that could limit your ability to attend college in the future.