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How a criminal record could impact your child’s financial aid for college

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2022 | Criminal Justice System

College students sometimes engage in illegal activity that can impact their eligibility for federal financial aid. Here is what you should know about this topic.

What will not make your child ineligible for federal aid?

Drug charges no longer disqualify a student from receiving aid from the federal government. Those on parole, probation or residing in a halfway house can receive federal assistance for tuition, depending on the circumstances.

Additionally, incarcerated individuals can apply for federal financial aid upon their release. In some instances, they can apply while still serving time so that funds are available to allow the applicant to start schooling as quickly as possible.

What will make your child ineligible for federal aid?

While in a state or federal prison, your child cannot receive federal financial aid for higher learning. Those serving in a different institution can receive certain grants but cannot obtain federal loans. Individuals who served time in prison for sexual offenses with involuntary civil commitment afterward cannot obtain certain grants, either. This can easily impact a young person’s ability to fund their education; speak to your child about the potential effects of what could seem harmless to a teenager.

No parent wants to tell their child they cannot afford to send him or her to college. Speak honestly with your youngster about the possible ramifications of any criminal offense committed.

Do you have questions?

If you have questions regarding criminal defense topics, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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