You knew your child would learn a lot when you sent him or her off to college, but you did not want your child to learn what it feels like to get a criminal charge. How does this charge affect your loved one’s federal student aid eligibility?
Federal Student Aid answers common student aid questions regarding those with criminal charges. Understand what awaits you and your child on the road ahead and how to prepare yourselves.
Federal student aid and probation or parole
Federal student aid applicants on parole, probation or living in a halfway house may qualify for aid. Even then, those subject to involuntary civil confinement for sexual offenses may only have limited eligibility.
Other convictions and federal aid
Those convicted of non-forcible or forcible sexual offenses and subject to involuntary civil commitment once they finish the offense’s incarceration period do not qualify for federal Pell Grants.
Drug convictions and federal student aid
Applicants with drug convictions remain eligible for federal student aid. No longer do drug convictions bar a person from receiving or qualifying for student aid. Once a person with a conviction finishes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the form asks if the person received a conviction for an offense that happened while receiving federal aid. If the applicant did, she or he must complete the provided worksheet. Answering the sheet’s questions honestly does not affect aid eligibility.
You and your child may have grave concerns about paying for a college education with a criminal charge looming over your heads. Once you understand how the U.S. Department of Education handles such situations, you may create a new financial strategy.