Does DUI affect my FAFSA?
Will my DUI affect my current, or future, FAFSA?
While you are trying to get your life back on track after aquiring a DUI, the details of gaining control over each aspect is going to be a big challenge. Whether it is your driver's license, car insurance, securing a place to live, understanding your credit score, keeping up with current financial obligations along with securing means to pay new and higher increaded ones, or just trying to see if your employer is going to suspend you, finding out if your FAFSA is affected will all depend upon your particular circumstances. If this DUI is your first (and only) offense, this should not inhibit your ability to receive financial aid from the government or any higher education institution. It is important to note, that your first DUI offense will not be considered a felony in most cases, unless you are seriously injured, or someone else, as a result of your drunk driving. It is a normal practice that your first DUI offense will be considered a misdemeanor and most likely will not prevent you from receiving financial aid to attend college.
What would be the exceptions?
A repeat offense will absolutely make your chances harder and create an entirely different set of circumstances for you to navigate. Many individual institutions reserve the right to accept or deny those with any charges or convictions of behavior defined by the law as illegal. Withholding financial aid for repeat DUI offenders will be based not only on the specific circumstances of your case, or simply upon the State laws, but also inclusive of the unique requirements that set the standard for their particular University rules and regulations. Rememer, you represent them, both now and in the future. It would be wise for you to contact the Financial Aid Officer at your college and obtain their advice for how you should expect to proceed, based upon the college's stance on DUI's. Another exception would be if your particular case involves drugs, as those offenses carry immediate removal of qualification from both the government as well as nearly every University.
What's next if I no longer qualify?
If you are not convicted of a drug related felony, and you also no longer qualify to recieve financial assistance from your University, there is still hope for you to qualify for government assistance. You will first want to fill out the free application, called the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Anyone hoping to recieve grant money from the government will need to fill out this form, whether they have a DUI or not as it is the standard application. Again, it is very important to understand that if you have any type of drug related charge against you, it is guaranteed that you will not be accepted for any kind of assistance through a FAFSA. You will also want to do some research and see what specific types of grants are available to you as there are many scholarship resources that give allowances for those who have been conviced of a felony and want to attend college. There are still many reasons to remain optomistic in securing further education and empower your life to become better after obtaining a DUI. It would be in your best interest to remain pro-active in seeking out grants, be they from private institutions or government aid, along with finding the best options for scholarships for you and your particular circumstances. This does not need to be the end of your dreams, only the opportunity to take more detailed steps in securing them the best long-term success.
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