Can a DUI impact your college options?

Griffin Law, PLLC
Feb 17, 2022

A DUI conviction could have long-lasting and far-reaching impacts that you may not consider when faced with the threat initially. However, due to the potential ripples, it can cause in your life, you want to face a DUI charge like a serious matter.

As an aspiring college student in particular, it is important to understand the ways that a DUI conviction could potentially impact the future you envisioned for yourself.

Negative impacts of a DUI

The College Investor discusses the ways in which a DUI can negatively impact your life. Most colleges will not expel a student already attending for a DUI conviction unless this conviction involves additional complications like extreme property damage or harming another person.

However, if you want to apply to a school, the DUI on your record could negatively affect the way the college board views you and your application. In particularly competitive schools, this one conviction may serve as enough to keep you from making the cut.

The consequences current students face

Also, even if you are a current student who does not get expelled, you will still likely face consequences. For one, if you had any financial support from the school previously, you will almost certainly lose it. This includes scholarships, awards and other forms of monetary benefits.

They may also prevent you from using on-campus housing, forcing you to use and pay for housing at normal city prices. For many college students, this serves as a nearly impossible financial feat. Thus, you may end up being priced out of college even if you do not get expelled, ending any potential dream you had for that particular institution. This is why you should always take DUI charges seriously.

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