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Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

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Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Convictions only matter if they were for an offense which occurred during a period of enrollment that the student was receiving federal student aid. Additionally, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record does not count.

A conviction for sale of drugs is inclusive of convictions for conspiring to sell drugs. 

Possession of Illegal Drugs  Period of ineligibility for
federal student aid
Period of Ineligibility for Conviction of Possession of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 1 year from date of conviction
2nd Offense 2 years from date of conviction
3+ Offenses Indefinite Period
 
Sale of Illegal Drugs  Period of ineligibility for
federal student aid
Period of Ineligibility for Conviction of Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 2 years from date of conviction
2+Offense Indefinite Period
 
Students regain eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when they successfully complete a qualified drug rehabilitation program.
 
Further drug convictions will make them ineligible again. Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain aid only after successfully completing a rehabilitation program or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such instances, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility.

It is the student's responsibility to certify to the Office of Financial Aid the date of conviction and that a drug rehabilitation program has been completed.