Financial Aid Policy

Drug Conviction Issues

Notice: Students convicted of violating any federal or state drug possession or sale law will become ineligible for Federal Title IV financial aid under the circumstances identified below.  Title IV aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), Federal Work-Study (FWS) and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Programs.

Conviction of illegal drug possession:  Students convicted of illegal drug possession are suspended from eligibility for

  • One year from the date of conviction on the first offense.
  • Two years from the date of conviction on the second offense.
  • Indefinitely on the third offense.

Conviction of illegal drug sales:  Students convicted of selling illegal drugs are suspended from eligibility for

  •  Two years from the date of conviction on the first offense.
  •  Indefinitely on the second offense.

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

  • Satisfactory completion of a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Federal Department of Education. The program must include two unannounced drug tests.
  • The conviction is reversed, set aside or otherwise rendered nugatory (i.e., invalid or without force).

Regaining eligibility:  students who were denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain eligibility by completing any of the following options:

  • Satisfactory completion of a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Federal Department of Education. The program must include two unannounced drug tests.
  • The conviction is reversed, set aside or otherwise rendered nugatory (i.e., invalid or without force).
  • Successfully completing two unannounced drug tests which are part of a rehab program (the student does not need to complete the rest of the program).