Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

 
 

Under federal law, a student who has been convicted of any federal or state offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid is not eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the intervals specified below.

If convicted of an offense involving:

Possession of a Controlled Substance
Ineligibility Period
First Offense
1 year
Second Offense
2 years
Third Offense
Indefinite
Sale of a Controlled Substance
Ineligibility Period
First Offense
2 years
Second Offense
Indefinite

A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:

  1. the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that:
    1. complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; and
    2. includes two unannounced drug tests;
  2. the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; or
  3. the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.