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I have many students who are felons have gone on to academic careers. Regarding receiving federal financial aid for college, I know of felons and ex-offenders who were able to obtain grants and loans for education and subsequently jobs. Unfortunately not everyone convicted of a felony is eligible. Certain drug convictions require that you complete an accepted drug rehabilitation program in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.
You can get get the more information as well as a down loadable FAFSA here:
There also may be financial aid available from your state.
I hope this helps.