Drug Law Violations
The Higher Education Act of 1965, in its amended status, is very clear on the responsibilities of students and what violations warrant loss of eligibility to receive financial aid. If you are an aid recipient and have been convicted under federal or state law of the possession or sale of drugs while you are enrolled in school, your federal — and in some cases your state — financial aid eligibility will be suspended. If you are convicted of a drug offense after you submit the FAFSA, you will lose eligibility for federal student aid and you may be liable for returning any financial aid you received during the period of ineligibility.
Effective June 17, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education has enacted early implementation of certain parts of the FAFSA Simplification Act. Starting for the 2021-22 aid year, the requirement of suspension of Title IV aid eligibility for drug-related convictions that occurred while receiving Title IV aid has been removed. As a result, the requirement has been waived for 2021-22 and will continue to be suspended each aid year until 2023-24. The suspension of this requirement does not apply to state scholarships and grants.
If you have lost your federal student aid eligibility due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility. You must pass two random drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program, but the program must also meet the criteria established by the United States Department of Education. If you regain eligibility during the academic year, please notify our office immediately. We do still encourage you to complete the FAFSA if you’re no longer eligible for federal aid because you might qualify for nonfederal aid.