Drug Conviction

A student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds if the student has been convicted of an offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Federal Student Aid, for the period described below:

POSSESSION—If a student has been convicted

Only one time for possession of illegal drugs, the student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for one year after the date of conviction;

Two times for possession of illegal drugs, the student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for two years after the date of the second conviction; or

Three or more times for possession of illegal drugs, the student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for an indefinite period after the date of the third conviction.

SALE —If a student has been convicted …

Only one time for sale of illegal drugs, the student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for two years after the date of conviction; or

Two or more times for sale of illegal drugs, the student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds for an indefinite period after the date of the second conviction.

REHABILITATION — If a student successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program after the student’s most recent drug conviction, the student regains eligibility on the date the student successfully completes the program.

A drug rehabilitation program is one which:

A. Includes at least two unannounced drug tests;

B. and the following,

  • Has received or is qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly under a Federal, State, or local government program;
  • Is administered or recognized by a Federal, State, or local government agency or court;
  • Has received or is qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a Federally or State-licensed insurance com­pany; or
  • Is administered or recognized by a Federally or State-licensed hospital, health clinic or medical doctor.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain eligibility after completing any of the following options:
  1. Successfully completing a rehabilitation program, as described below, which includes passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program);
  2. Having the conviction 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; or
  3. Successfully completing two unannounced drug tests which are part of a rehab program (the student does not need to complete the rest of the program).
 

If you need more information regarding your eligibility for Federal Financial Aid, as it relates to this new law, please contact the SFASO in SSC-106