Florida college students like you use this time to experiment with life. You have plenty of career options open to you. You have all the freedom you need to explore your possibilities, and you are likely encouraged to take every chance you get.

But you should keep in mind that the mistakes you make in college can also last a long time. This includes mistakes that end in a DUI conviction.

Getting priced out of college?

The College Investor discusses how DUI convictions may ruin your college career. It is not often that a college refuses someone entry for a DUI conviction. If you are already a student, you likely do not have to worry about losing your position or getting expelled, either.

But you may end up priced out of your college of choice. First, a college will often withdraw any financial support they previously provided or said they would provide. Next, it is common practice to disallow students with DUI convictions from using on-campus housing. This means you have to pay for off-campus housing on top of funding your own tuition and supply fees.

What options are no longer available?

As such, a college does not “kick you out” – but this effectively makes attending their school impossible. Other options can also get closed off to you. This includes extracurricular opportunities and even career path opportunities. You may not be able to gain entrance due to having a criminal record, even if that record just consists of the DUI conviction.

Because of this, you should take any DUI charge seriously. Even a first-time conviction can lead to a serious detriment to your college plans.

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