The short answer is: yes. Many people with felony convictions can receive financial aid, but they don't apply. The best way to find out what aid you qualify for is by completing the FAFSA. You'll find a link in the Resources box below.
Two types of convictions can affect eligibility: drug convictions and sex offenses.
If you had a drug conviction, the FAFSA Drug Conviction Worksheet will help you determine your eligibility. Find the link in the Resources box below. If you are not eligible:
If you have been convicted of a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense, and you are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for that offense, you cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant.
You should still complete your FAFSA application because you could be eligible for other financial aid from your state or private sources.
Eligibility and convictions
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