Do Colleges Accept Felons?

Traditional colleges do accept convicted felons, though financial aid options may be limited depending on the type of felony conviction. Convicted felons are still eligible for most conventional scholarships.

College applicants convicted of the sale or possession of controlled substances are typically barred from receiving federal financial aid for a set period of time. This period can range from a year for first-time offenders to indefinite suspension of aid for repeat offenders. Applicants convicted of other nondrug felonies are generally eligible for federal student aid.

While the federal aid application process requires a criminal background check, most normal scholarships do not, and convicted felons are still eligible for them. Some organizations even offer scholarships specifically for convicted felons who have demonstrated evidence of rehabilitation.