Drug Conviction

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drug

 A Federal or State drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds. The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

When you complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), you must indicate whether you have such a conviction.  If the answer is “Yes”, you may be subject to a period of ineligibility as required by law.


Possession of Illegal Drug

Sale of Illegal Drug

1st Offense--1 year from date of conviction

2-years from date of conviction

2nd Offense--2 year from date of conviction

Indefinite Period

3+ Offense—Indefinite Period


If you were convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

You can regain eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passes two (2) unannounced drug tests given by such a program. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to the college that he or she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program. A qualified drug rehabilitation 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 by a federal or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.