Impact of Drug Conviction and Title IV Eligibility


Under federal law, a recipient of Title IV Federal financial aid who is convicted for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled as a student will be ineligible for further federal financial aid funding for a specific period.

The chart below shows the periods of ineligibility.

 

Possession of Illegal Drugs

Sale of Illegal Drugs

1st Offense

1 Year from the Date of Conviction
 

2 Years from the Date of Conviction

2nd Offense

 

2 Years from the Date of Conviction

Indefinite

 

3rd or More Offense

Indefinite

Indefinite

 

 

*If convicted of both possession and selling illegal drugs, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

A Student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. The student will lose eligibility again upon a subsequent drug conviction.

For more information, feel free to contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.