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Can a DUI conviction stop me from getting student financial aid?

On Behalf of | Aug 30, 2021 | Drunk Driving Defense

When a driver who has drunk some alcohol sees flashing lights behind their car, they may get scared. After they have taken a Breathalyzer test or field tests for sobriety, they may worry about what their future holds, especially if they plan to attend college.

The authorities are required to follow several procedures as the person faces trial for their DUI arrest. Once they know what may happen, they may be able to think about student financial aid and how to qualify for it.

Protecting an accused drunk driver’s rights before trial

State law in New Hampshire is hard on drivers who have been arrested for DUI. Defendants have specific rights before their trials.

The driver may want to learn about the upcoming legal processes so they can think about whether they may still be able to receive federal or state financial aid.

If they are convicted, answer FAFSA questions honestly

If the person is convicted of DUI, they may be sent to a halfway house or residential treatment facility. There, they may address a potential drinking problem.

If the student plans to attend college or was attending college at the time of their arrest, they may worry about their eligibility for state or federal student aid.

Living in a halfway house may not make them ineligible for financial aid. As they fill out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), they answer questions about drug convictions while they were receiving financial aid. They should answer these questions honestly. Their eligibility for financial aid may not be affected.

What type of student financial aid is available if the person is in a rehabilitation facility

The person may qualify for a Pell grant or for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). If the student is on parole or probation, they are eligible for financial aid.

Having someone on their side as their trial is still pending may mean the difference between going to college or not.