How To Get Financial Aid for College if a Convicted Felon

Felony is a crime that is punishable by imprisonment or even death depending on the crime committed. A person convicted of felony is called a felon. Some of the crimes considered a felony are vandalism on federal property, robbery, rape, murder, arson, battery, illegal drugs and burglary. Participants to felony can be divided into four categories, which are first, and second degree principals, accessories before the fact and accessories after the fact. The first degree principal is the actual person who did the crime. The second degree principal is a person present at the actual crime scene and helped the first degree principal in doing the crime. The accessories before the fact are people who helped the first degree principal before the crime and the accessories after the fact are people who helped the first degree principal after the crime. People make mistakes and sometimes want to make things right. If you’re a convicted felon and you want to go to college but you don’t have enough money, you can still apply for federal grants to assist you with your college education.

If you want to get financial aid for your college education, here are the steps:

  • The first thing you need to do is get a Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is the form you need for applying for financial assistance for your college education. You can get this on the Internet by searching Application for Federal Student Aid form on your web browser or go to a local college near you and get the form in the registration office.
  • Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form on the site or the form that you got from the registration office of the local college you visited. Make sure to answer all the information needed. To get the maximum financial assistance that you can get, remember to put your financial situation and dependency status.
  • Recheck to make sure that the information you provided is all correct. You need to be honest in filling up the form including the information about your felony conviction. If they find out that the information you provided is incorrect, this will disqualify you from the grant.
  • Submit the form to the address stated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. If you completed the form on the site, send it using the send option.
  • Your application will be reviewed and if you pass, you will be contacted and give you the information regarding the financial assistance that you will get for your college education. You can choose which college you would like to go to. The information will also be sent to the college you chose so that your school will know that you will have financial assistance.


Having a normal life may not be that easy for people convicted with felony. However, all people have the right for a second chance. You may not be able to change your past but you can definitely change your future and you can start that by going to college with the financial aid that you can get.

 

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