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Can college students lose financial aid after a drug conviction?

| Nov 18, 2020 | drug charges

If you are charged with a drug offense, it is critical to seek legal counsel.  A drug conviction can have collateral consequences in addition to the court case itself.  Student loan eligibility can be terminated. When filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which is the application for federal student aid, college students must answer whether they have ever received a drug conviction during a time they were an aid recipient.

College students who confirm that they have received drug convictions while they were recipients of financial aid must answer more questions about the offenses. How they answer these questions determines whether they become ineligible for aid for a period. 

Losing eligibility

College students convicted of drug possession, drug sales or other drug offenses may lose their ability to use financial aid for a year, two years or even indefinitely. The length of the ineligibility period depends on the severity of the drug crime, among other possible factors. 

Regaining eligibility

After losing financial aid, college students may be able to explore several avenues if they wish to start receiving it again. Students who pass two random drug screenings administered by an approved program may be able to regain eligibility for financial aid. They may also become eligible for aid again if they enter and complete an approved drug rehabilitation program. 

It is the responsibility of students who pass two unannounced drug tests or complete approved rehabilitation programs to let their financial aid offices know they have done so. At this point, they may become eligible to receive financial aid again.