Federal Student Aid and Consequences of a Drug Conviction
Last Updated: Thursday November 4, 2021
Is it true that a drug conviction may affect a person’s eligibility for federal student aid?
Answer: Yes, eligibility might be suspended if the offense occurred while the person was receiving federal student aid (grants, loans or work-study).
When you complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA) you will be asked:
Have you had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid?
If the answer is "yes", the student needs to fill out a worksheet to determine whether the conviction affects eligibility for federal student aid.
How can a student regain eligibility for federal student aid when eligibility for aid has been suspended due to a drug conviction?
Eligibility can be regained early by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program that includes:
- passing two unannounced drug tests, or
- passing two unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program, or
- having the conviction reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered invalid.
What happens if a student is convicted of a drug-related offense after he or she submits the federal student aid application?
The student may lose eligibility for student aid and be liable for returning any financial aid received during a period of ineligibility.
For more information: www.studentaid.ed.gov/sa/eligibility/criminal-convictions