Having felony convictions may prevent you from voting in some states, but it should not prevent you from receiving federal student aid. In fact, having a conviction does not automatically prevent you from receiving federal aid from other programs including the Small Business Administration.
The first step for determining financial aid eligibility for student aid is completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Question 13 on the FAFSA is in regards to drug convictions. Contrary to popular belief, a prior drug conviction does not necessarily make you ineligible for federal student aid. The worksheet below will help you determine if you can be considered eligible for financial aid.
Most colleges and universities do not ask if the student applying for admissions has a felony record. So, that should not keep you from being admitted. If there is a community college, junior college, or technical college close to where you currently live, you may find it easier to start there and then move to a four-year university after two years. In addition to making the transition smoother, two-year colleges are generally less expensive.
The .pdf file below is the Employment Information Handbook prepared for inmates in federal prison. You might find this to be an interesting resource for your education and future employment.
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