Getting a DUI conviction on record can have a serious impact on the course of your future. This holds true no matter what your age or whether you have prior convictions or not.
In specific, as a college student, you have some other potential issues you may face that others who are not in school do not have to worry about. But what exactly are they?
Cases evoking expulsion
The College Investor discusses the impact a DUI can have on a college trajectory. First, it is possible for you to get expelled due to a DUI conviction, though this is not often the first option that colleges will go for. They often save expulsions for cases that involve large-scale or expensive property damage, or bodily harm or death, especially of other students on campus. In general, they will react to stem any bad press that might happen due to their association with you.
The severance of financial support
They will also likely revoke any financial support they once provided you for similar reasons. This can include awards, scholarships and more. They do not want the stigma of giving money to someone with a DUI on record, so they will pull as much of it as they can.
They will often revoke your privilege of using on-campus housing, too, often for the perceived safety of other students on campus. This will force you to use off-campus housing, which is often prohibitively expensive.
Due to these increases in price and decreases in financial support, it is entirely likely that you could end up priced out of college even if you do not get expelled. It is a risk to keep in mind.