If you are attending college or university when you get a DWI, one of the things you should know is that your college career could be affected. Federal aid is sometimes affected when people get DWI convictions, such as if they are imprisoned or have a felony on their record, but the real damage tends to come from private or public universities’ rules on scholarships and funding.
Financial aid doesn’t just come from the federal government. Student aid may also come from private foundations or school organizations. Some students will obtain scholarships based on their skillsets, but even those scholarships could be at risk if a DWI arrest turns into a conviction.
What can you do to minimize the risk to your college career after a DWI?
If you are arrested for a DWI, the best thing you can do for yourself is focus on defending your rights and protecting your future. A DWI has the potential to lead to trouble with your school grants and funding, so it’s important to make sure you take action right away to minimize the impact of the DWI.
Your school will have specific rules about DWIs and other charges and convictions. Check your student handbook and the school policies to find out if an arrest or conviction could hurt your opportunity to obtain aid.
Take time to learn more about the legal process, investigate the evidence that may or may not be there to use against you. Our website has more information on how reviewing all aspects of the case may help you get a DWI charge dropped or changed in your favor.