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Drug-related Convictions and Student Ineligibility

According to federal guidelines, a student could lose their eligibility for federal aid if they were convicted of a drug-related offense while they were receiving federal aid (grants, loans or work-study).  When completing the FAFSA, students will be asked whether they had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while they were receiving aid.  If the answer is yes, then they will be provided a worksheet to help them determine whether their conviction affects their eligibility.  If it is determined that a student has lost eligibility, he or she can regain it by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program.  The student must submit proof of completion to the Financial Aid office in order for their aid to be reinstated.

If a student is convicted of a drug-related offense after submitting the FAFSA, then they could lose their eligibility within the semester.  They might also be liable for returning any financial aid receiving during the period of ineligibility.

Read about the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA).


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