Drug Conviction

Drug convictions no longer affect federal student aid eligibility. When you complete the FAFSA form, you will be asked whether you had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid. If the answer is yes, you will be provided a worksheet. Please do answer the questions on the worksheet; however, your answers won’t affect your federal student aid eligibility.

If I’m incarcerated, can I get federal student aid?

If you are in a federal or state institution

-you can’t get a Federal Pell Grant or federal student loans

-you can get a Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) and Federal Work-Study (FWS), but you probably won’t because

  • priority for FSEOGs must be given to those students who also will receive a Federal Pell Grant (for which you’re not eligible), and because

  • the logistical difficulties of performing an FWS job while incarcerated would likely be too great for you to be awarded FWS funds

If you are in an institution other than a federal or state institution

-you can’t get federal student loans

-you can get a Federal Pell Grant

-you can get FSEOG and FWS, but you probably won’t because

  • schools are limited in the amount of FSEOG funds available, and because

  • the logistical difficulties of performing an FWS job while incarcerated would likely be too great for you to be awarded FWS funds

Once you’re released, most eligibility limitations will be removed. In fact, you may apply for aid before you’re released so your aid is processed in time for you to start school. However, if you are subject to an involuntary civil commitment for a sexual offense, your eligibility may be limited.

If I’m on probation or parole, can I get federal student aid?

Yes; if you are on probation or parole or living in a halfway house, you may be eligible for federal student aid. But remember, if you are subject to an involuntary civil commitment for a sexual offense, your eligibility may be limited.

 

What other convictions might affect my aid?

If you have been convicted of a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense, and you are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for that offense, you cannot receive a .

 

 

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