Does a DUI or DWAI conviction endanger college financial aid?

On Behalf of | Mar 25, 2021 | DUI Defense

A conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired may expose you to significant legal consequences. Not only may you face a possible jail sentence and fine, but you are also likely to lose your driving privileges. Regrettably, you may even encounter some educational consequences after a DUI or DWAI conviction. 

Even though college tuition in Colorado tends to be less expensive than in many other places, you can expect to spend thousands of dollars on your bachelor’s degree. If you intend to take advantage of financial aid, you may worry a DUI or DWAI conviction may endanger your aid package.  

Government-backed financial aid

The federal government helps students achieve their educational goals by offering subsidized grants, loans, and work-study funds to many. Luckily, an ordinary DUI or DWAI conviction is not likely to interfere with government-backed financial aid. If you also have a drug-related conviction, however, officials may suspend your financial assistance.  

Private scholarship dollars

Provided they comply with applicable federal and state anti-discrimination laws, private scholarship organizations are typically free to establish rules for scholarship recipients. If a DUI or DWAI conviction violates an organization’s code of conduct or other guidelines, you may lose your private scholarship dollars.  

University programs and extracurricular activities

Many universities entice students by asking them to join sports teams, leadership groups, or other organizations in exchange for stipends or scholarships. If your DUI or DWAI conviction violates participation rules, your educational funds may be on the line.  

A DUI or DWAI arrest may not have the same financial aid consequences as a conviction. Consequently, when preparing your defense, you may want to carefully consider how a conviction may affect your ability to pay for higher education.