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Can a Misdemeanor Charge Keep You From Getting a Student Loan?

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Can a Misdemeanor Charge Keep You From Getting a Student Loan?

A criminal conviction can impact almost every area of a person’s life. Yet some people can still rebuild their lives even after they’ve been convicted and have finished out a sentence.

Student loans and other student financial aid programs can be a vital part of that rebuilding process. Fortunately, changes in the law have made those programs accessible to those who have been convicted of crimes.

Certain drug offenses used to render you ineligible for aid, especially if you were already receiving student aid when you were convicted of the crime, but that’s no longer true. You’re still asked questions about your past drug conviction, but those questions do not necessarily bar you from loans. 

Certain sexual offenses do render you ineligible for Pell Grants, but you can still apply for student loans.

There are still certain restrictions that the government may place on financial aid. 

If you’re continuing your education from within a federal or state institution, for example, then you may not be eligible for Pell Grants or any federal loans. There are other programs open to those in prison however, including the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work Study programs, but they’re difficult to get. It may be easier to wait until you are on probation or on parole. You can, however, apply for aid prior to your release date so you can get your application processed in time to start school after you get out.

Even though you can technically get financial aid after being convicted of a crime you will still face difficulties after a criminal conviction. You might have trouble getting employed in your chosen field, for example. Obtaining housing can be difficult, even when you do have a job. 

A far better course is to do your best to work with a criminal defense attorney who will help you avoid conviction altogether, if possible.

If you’re in trouble, don’t wait for criminal charges to wreck your life. 

Contact Scott Russell Law to get a free consultation today. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is more accessible than you think, and every day we help people protect their futures by defending their constitutional rights.

See also:

Getting a Failure to Appear Charge Dropped or Dismissed in New York

Can a Felony Charge be Reduced to a Misdemeanor Charge?

How to Get Out of a Misdemeanor Charge

 

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