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Can a DWI impact your financial support?

| May 21, 2021 | Blog, Drunk Driving |

As a college student, you have more than most to worry about when it comes to facing DWI charges. If convicted, you face the usual issues of potential jail time or fines. But on top of that, you can also face repercussions in your college career.

What are these potential repercussions, though? Just how big of an impact can a DWI conviction really have on your time in college?

Revocation of financial support

The College Investor explains that yes, a DWI can impact your financial support in college. In fact, a DWI conviction can end up rendering you incapable of continuing to attend college. But this might not happen in the way you expect.

It is unusual for a college to expel a student for DWI convictions alone, unless the case involved other students. But it is much more commonplace for colleges to revoke any financial support. After all, they do not want to look like they are rewarding a student who has made poor decisions.

This extends from scholarships to financial awards. While it likely will not retroactively apply to financial support you already received, it means you will not get anything else in the future. This alone can put you in a bind.

Denial of campus housing

But then, a college can also deny you access to campus housing. This housing usually comes at a discounted rate, allowing for people to have a place to stay without worrying about transportation costs or full apartment prices. Unfortunately, if you have to start factoring those costs in with everything else, you may find it out of your budget. This effectively boots you out of college without the college itself needing to expel you.