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Can a DUI interfere with your graduation?

On Behalf of | Jan 6, 2022 | Drunk Driving |

Getting a DUI conviction on record can have a strong impact on your future regardless of your current place in life. It can impact everything from job opportunities to housing application acceptances and much more.

However, college students may find themselves suffering from a few unexpected repercussions that their peers not in school will not have to handle.

Cutting off financial resources

According to The College Investor, a DUI conviction can potentially completely uproot any plans you had for higher education. It is not common for a college to expel a student just for a DUI conviction, though this may occur if your conviction couples with more severe charges, such as harm to another student.

However, the college will still take measures against you, and most of them are financial. First, if they gave you any form of financial support such as a grant or scholarship, they will likely rescind it. They may even take back awards given to you. They do this because they do not want others to see them as “rewarding” a student with a criminal record, as it will reflect poorly on them and the school.

No on-campus housing

They may also bar you from utilizing on-campus housing. This means that instead, you must pay the full amount for regular, off-campus rent. Between these two factors alone, you may lose your ability to financially handle college. You may need to take a break until you can sort out your financial situation. Other people end up dropping college and not returning due to the insurmountable barriers that the high cost of college without support poses.

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