Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student to receive Federal Student Aid.
Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid - they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside or removed from the student's record does not count, nor does one received when the student was a juvenile, unless the student was tried as an adult. 


If you have been convicted of drug possession or the sale of illegal drugs, please click Student Eligibilty Worksheet to help detemine your eligibilty for student aid.

A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again. It is the student's responsibility to certify to their financial aid office that a qualified drug rehabilitation program has been successfully completed. 

When a student regains eligibility during the award year, the school may award Campus-based aid for the current payment period and Direct loans for the period of enrollment. 

A qualified drug rehabilitaiton program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements: 

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state or local government program. 
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company. 
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state or local government agency or court. 
  • Be administered or recognized be a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.