Criminal Convictions

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)The federal law may suspend your eligibility for federal student aid if you have been convicted under federal or state law for possession of or sale of illegal drugs.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) – Criminal convictions may affect someone’s ability to obtain or keep a teaching certificate.

Missouri Division of Professional RegistrationCriminal convictions may affect someone’s ability to obtain or keep a license in the field of psychology or social work.

Missouri Board of Law Examiners – The Missouri Bar has issued the following statement in regards to unlawful conduct on an applicant's history -

Unlawful Conduct

A criminal conviction is a negative factor but it does not automatically disqualify an applicant who demonstrates rehabilitation or other mitigating circumstances. However, any person who has been convicted, whether sentence is imposed or not, of any felony is not eligible to apply for admission until five years after the date of successful completion of any sentence or period of probation as a result of the conviction, plea or finding of guilt. See Rule 8.04(a).

The Board inquires into all arrests even if no conviction resulted. There are many reasons why an arrest might not result in a conviction; some of these reasons have no bearing on guilt or innocence. The Board inquires into the underlying conduct. Acquittal or dismissal is relevant but is not dispositive of the issue. This is not to suggest, however, that the Board assumes that an arrest means the applicant was guilty of the conduct alleged.

What Is Your Degree Worth? From Partners in PreventionA comprehensive list of professions and how they are impacted by a drug or alcohol convictions.