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Can you still get financial aid with a felony on your record?

Hi everyone, I hope this isn't too personal, but I have a felony on my record and I'm worried about how it will affect my ability to get financial aid for college. Is it still possible to receive aid with a felony? I'm really hoping it won't be a barrier to my education.

9 months ago

To answer your question directly, having a felony on your record may impact your eligibility for financial aid, but it is not an automatic disqualification. It depends on the specific circumstances of your case and the type of felony involved.

Generally, if the felony conviction is for a drug-related offense or a sexual offense, it may affect your eligibility for federal student aid. However, if it is for an unrelated crime, your chances of receiving financial aid should not be affected.

To determine your eligibility, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and provide all the necessary information related to your felony. If you are deemed ineligible for some aid programs, don't lose hope. You may still be eligible for other funding options, like scholarships, grants, or work-study programs.

Moreover, I would encourage you to look into local or national organizations that may offer scholarships specifically for students with criminal records. Keep a positive attitude, and don't let your past hold you back from pursuing higher education. Best of luck!

9 months ago

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