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Can a DUI change your college career?

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2022 | Traffic Offenses And DUI

College students may sometimes have a short-sighted view of the future. For this reason, college students facing DUI charges often focus on the immediate repercussions like the possibility of time in jail or fines.

However, some of the worst repercussions of a DUI conviction come later down the road. For example, a DUI can actually end a person’s college career.

Loss of financial backing

The College Investor discusses how a DUI can change your college career. This often comes in the form of financial difficulties faced by the individual in the wake of their DUI.

The police will always inform a college about a student’s DUI conviction, so there is no point in trying to figure out how to hide it. From there, a college can decide how they want to further handle the student in question.

Unless the crime also included the death or injury of another person or the involvement of a minor, they will likely not expel a student. However, they will often take away any financial backing they once provided.

Private institutions and organizations that donate scholarships or gift financial awards to help students attend college may also revoke their support. Most of these scholarships and funds come with terms and conditions of use, and many make specific stipulations for instances where a recipient faces criminal trouble and conviction.

Loss of campus housing

A college may even bar a student from using on-campus housing, effectively resulting in them having to pay for off-campus housing which is often prohibitively expensive. Through these means, they can price a student out of attending college.