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How a DWI can affect your college education

A conviction for driving while under the influence of alcohol comes with serious penalties. As a college student, you may wonder how such a conviction could impact your education.

You should understand how driving while impaired could impact your academic career before you get behind the wheel.

You will not lose your federal financial student aid

Fortunately, you are still eligible for federal student loans and scholarships if you have a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol. However, if you serve any time for your crime, you cannot receive this financial aid until after your release.

Some private loan and scholarship providers do not provide aid to students with criminal histories. You may also have a current private scholarship revoked if you engage in illegal activities.

Your school can take disciplinary action

Your college or university can impose its own consequences for a DWI, which can range from academic probation to expulsion. You should review your school’s student handbook and code of conduct. These documents will have information on the disciplinary process and penalties for violating the student code of conduct.

Criminal consequences can make academic life difficult

The criminal penalties for driving under the influence can include fines, jail time, license suspension and community service. All of these can make it more challenging for you to complete your education.

A DWAI or DWI conviction can follow you beyond your time in college, making it hard for you to find internships and jobs. A robust case may be necessary to help you keep your life on track.