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How do DUI convictions impact students?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2023 | Drunk Driving |

Getting a DUI conviction on record at any age can lead to some serious repercussions. However, most people only focus on the immediate issues like jail time or large fines.

The long-term impacts can prove even more of a problem though, especially for students.

Revocation of financial support

The College Investor discusses the impact DUI convictions may have on students. First, students could lose all of their financial support.

Colleges often do not want any associations with someone who has a DUI on record. Thus, while they are not likely to expel a student for a DUI, they will often revoke any financial support they once agreed to provide.

At the same time, any private institutions or organizations that promised support may also revoke it. Many of these organizations have clauses within their sponsorships or gifts that specify situations where they can revoke their support, and criminal activity often serves as one of these situations.

A potential loss of campus housing

Many colleges will also refuse a student access to on-campus housing. This is often a more affordable way for students to attend college, as the rent for on-campus housing is often cheaper than rent in the city proper. Additionally, students do not have to worry about the cost of commuting.

However, if a student loses their license due to the DUI, they will have to rely on public transportation to get onto campus if they have to live off-campus. It creates numerous financial hurdles and inconveniences which can discourage a student from attending. Some may lose the ability to attend entirely, which is why DUI charges should get treated seriously from the start.