Do you have to disclose a DUI on the FAFSA?

Do you have to disclose a DUI on the FAFSA?

| Jan 14, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

While the University of Wyoming is one of the more cost-effective four-year schools in the U.S., in-state tuition will still set you back about $17,000 per year. You may not have to come up with the full amount on your own, however. 

The federal government offers financial assistance to many college students. To determine your eligibility for work-study funds, loans and grants, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by the deadline before you start school. 

DUI convictions

Federal law prevents officials from giving financial assistance to students who have certain criminal convictions during their award periods. Fortunately, a standard DUI usually has no effect on eligibility for financial aid. Therefore, you probably do not have to disclose a DUI conviction when completing the FAFSA. 

Other convictions

While a DUI conviction may not interfere with your federal student aid, other convictions may be a different story. For example, if you have a conviction for a drug-related offense, you probably must disclose it on your FAFSA. Then, you are likely to face a one-year, two-year or an indefinite suspension of your financial aid. 

Remember, though, suspensions of financial aid usually apply only to convictions that happen during the award period. If your drug conviction happened before you applied for government-backed financial aid, it may have no effect on the student aid you receive. 

Your defense

Even if a DUI conviction does not interfere with your financial aid, it may cause other problems. In addition to potential criminal penalties, you may have trouble finding a job or securing a professional license after graduation. Mounting an aggressive defense to DUI charges may help you avoid many of the consequences that often accompany a DUI conviction.