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It is no secret that a college education can be expensive. Students across the country rely on some form of financial aid, whether it is a loan, a grant or a scholarship. While college can be costly for anyone, students who carry a criminal record and have spent time in jail may have a harder time getting the funding they need, particularly when it comes to federal aid.

If you are a student who has been sentenced to jail in the past, this does not mean that your rights to federal funding have been stripped away, but rather, that your options are limited. Despite any previous convictions, there are still ways you can get federal funding for your education. You may want to take note of your options so that you do not unnecessarily dismiss any opportunities you may not have realized you qualify for:

  • Funding to attend a federal or state school: If you are considering attending a public school, you may not qualify for the Federal Pell Grant nor for federal student loans. However, you may still be considered for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and you may still get work study opportunities on campus.
  • Funding to attend a private or independent school: If you are looking to attend a private or independent college, having a criminal record will likely only affect your rights to federal student loans. You may still qualify for the Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG as well as on-campus work study opportunities.

Do not assume that your future is ruined

Even if you have been convicted and find that your pathways to federal funding are limited, it is worth knowing that you are not out of options and that you can still find ways to pursue your education. If you have not been convicted but are currently facing charges, you may want to speak to a criminal defense attorney who can help keep your record clean. Do not let a criminal conviction ruin your college carer.

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