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Can a DUI impact your scholarships?

Posted on October 23, 2019

As a Colorado resident who is intending to go to college and relying on scholarships or financial aid to do so, a DUI-related conviction can throw your plans into chaos. We at the Law Offices of J.B. Katz, P.C. are here to discuss how a DUI conviction can impact your scholarships or financial aid.

The first thing to note is that there is a difference between federal and private scholarships and financial aid. If you are relying on private aid, you have a little more wiggle room. However, if you are relying on aid from the federal government, having a DUI on your record can severely limit the amount of help you can seek. For example, you may be barred entirely from becoming an applicant for certain grants or scholarships. In other cases, even if you are still allowed to apply, your application will be given a lower priority ranking.

Applications for financial aid or scholarships aren’t the only thing that can be affected. If you have already received a scholarship or grant, it is entirely possible that it may be revoked if you end up with a DUI-related conviction. This can be traumatic if you are relying on this money to put yourself through schooling. In some cases, people have been forced out of school due to a loss of aid.

If you are facing any sort of DUI-related charge, you may want to take a look at our web page on DUI defense, linked here. You can learn more about the potential consequences you may face outside of your scholarships and more.