Like most parents in the Pelican State, you want your child to grow into a successful adult. While there are many ways to measure success, individuals with a bachelor’s degree tend to earn more than $30,000 per year more than those who only have a high school diploma. Furthermore, the collegiate experience offers a tremendous opportunity for personal growth. 

While getting into a first-rate school can be challenging even under ideal circumstances, a DWI conviction may ruin your child’s educational goals. As such, you may want to discuss the educational consequences of a drunk-driving conviction with the teenager in your family. Here are some of them: 

Admissions 

Assembling a winning college application often takes months of hard work and diligence. While an impressive transcript, good test scores and a well-rounded resume are likely to appeal to admissions officials, a criminal history may be an insurmountable obstacle. That is, if your child has similar qualifications to another applicant, the offer may go to the teen without a DWI conviction in his or her past. 

Funding 

While a DWI conviction likely has little effect on a student’s eligibility for federally backed financial aid, it may interfere with certain scholarships, fellowships, grants or other funding sources. After all, many merit-based scholarship organizations require recipients to demonstrate both good moral character and good judgement. Accordingly, your teen may have to look for other ways to pay tuition, fees and other expenses if he or she drives drunk. 

Living 

If your son or daughter plans to live in a dorm, a DWI conviction may be problematic. Like with admissions and funding, living arrangements often depend on a person’s criminal background. For example, your student may be ineligible to live in college dorms. Even finding off-campus housing may be challenging with a DWI conviction. 

As a parent, you want to support your child’s educational goals. The first step in doing so, though, may be talking about the negative educational consequences of a DWI conviction. On the other hand, if your son or daughter is already facing DWI charges, you likely want to mount an aggressive defense to help preserve educational opportunities.