When you send your children off to college, you hope they are responsible and focus on their studies. However, even good kids can make mistakes and find themselves in legal trouble.
If your child faces a drug charge, here is what you need to know about how a conviction could impact his or her financial aid.
Federal financial aid
While this has not always been true, a past drug conviction will no longer prevent your child from receiving federal financial aid. Though your child will need to report any offense that occurred while receiving such aid on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, this information will not impact eligibility for federal student loans. This is true even if your child is on probation for the crime.
It is important to note that if your child must serve a jail sentence, for either a drug conviction or another crime, he or she cannot receive federal aid after release.
Other types of aid
Providers of private student loans and scholarships may consider past drug offenses when determining who to offer aid to. Some providers may allow misdemeanors but not felonies. Regardless, your child will need to disclose any criminal history on applications, as lying could carry significant legal implications.
There are other consequences your child should worry about when facing a drug charge, including legal penalties. Additionally, your child’s college may take disciplinary action for criminal activity. A strong defense is necessary to avoid these outcomes and protect your child’s future.