Universities, community colleges, trade schools and other educational programs offer a tremendous opportunity for anyone to improve his or her future. After all, according to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, those with bachelor’s degrees often make $32,000 per year more than those who only have a high school diploma. If you are planning to further your education, though, you must realize that a DUI conviction may derail your educational goals.
Virtually everyone knows that driving drunk is a terrible idea. Not only may you injure yourself and others, but you also face serious criminal consequences for even a first-time DUI offense. Unfortunately, you may also experience a variety of educational hurdles to overcome.
College tuition, books, housing and other expenses can be costly. If you plan to compete for a college scholarship, a DUI conviction may prevent you from doing so. Many scholarship programs require recipients to have good character and exercise reasonable judgement. The same is often true for sporting scholarships.
Many college graduates look back with fondness on the years they spent living in on-campus dormitories. While every college has its own rules about student housing, many institutions prevent those with criminal records from moving into a dorm. As such, after a DUI conviction, you may have to pay more for off-campus housing and commute to your classes.
There is a good chance the school of your dreams has a code of conduct that both applicants and students must follow. If your university requires you to stay out of trouble, a DUI arrest may result in your expulsion. Further, if you have not yet started classes, admissions officers may rescind your acceptance due to your DUI conviction.
Education is often the key that opens a variety of doors. Whether you are looking to secure your financial future, to land your dream job or simply to learn more about a certain subject, attending a college, university or trade school is a good idea. By understanding how a DUI may interfere with your goals, you can better plan for staying out of trouble and working toward your degree.