Penalties for Drug Law Violations


Students convicted of a federal or state offense of selling or possessing illegal drugs may not be eligible for federal student aid.  If the Office of Financial Assistance and Planning is notified that a student has been convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs during the academic year, all federal student aid will be suspended immediately.

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.

The chart below indicates the period of ineligibility for federal student aid, dependent on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.  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
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
1st Offense 2 years from date of conviction
2nd Offense Indefinite Period
3+ Offenses 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 eligible.

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

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