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Can a felon get financial aid?

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Felons are eligible to receive financial aid once they are no longer incarcerated. Criminals serving time are not eligible for federal student loans or federal Pell grants.

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Can a felon get financial aid?
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While incarcerated, felons might qualify for a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. However, students receiving Pell grants have priority, so it is rare for this grant to be awarded to a felon.

If a felon has a drug-related conviction while receiving federal financial aid, eligibility for aid is suspended. Completing a drug rehabilitation program and passing two consecutive drug tests may reduce the time the felon is suspended from financial aid eligibility.

If the felon has been convicted of a sexual offense or served involuntary civil commitment for a sexual offense, he is not eligible to receive a Pell grant and access to other financial aid may be limited.

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