If you rely on student aid to go to college, you may be worried about what to expect if you're charged with a DWI. You're right to be concerned because you could have your right to federal student aid affected by your choices if you are convicted of the charges filed against you.
The good news is that you may not lose access to all the different kinds of assistance. Here's more on the impact your DWI could have on your student aid.
If you have a conviction and are incarcerated in a federal or state prison or institution, you will not be able to obtain a federal Pell grant in the future. You will be able to ask for the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant instead, but you may not because priority is given to those who also qualify for the Pell grant.
If you are in an institution that is not owned by the state or federal government, then you won't be able to get federal loans but can ask for the Pell grant and FSEOG grant. In most cases, you'll be able to apply for these loans after your time in prison is resolved. However, if drugs were involved in your DWI, then you may continue to have limited eligibility in the future.
Note that you may be able to obtain aid while on probation or parole, but the same restrictions for drug-related offenses will still apply. Your attorney can help you fully understand the impact of the charges against you and work to prevent the loss of your federal aid.