Financial Aid Eligibility and Drug Convictions
The Higher Education Act states that if a student is convicted of a crime involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs or a controlled substance while enrolled and receiving Title IV funding, then the student will become ineligible for federal student aid. Eligibility will cease upon the date of the conviction. The student will become eligible for financial aid again based on the following:
Penalties for Drug Convictions
Possession of Illegal Drugs
Sale of Illegal Drugs
How to Regain Eligibility
A student can regain eligibility for federal student aid funds the day after the period of ineligibility ends or upon successful completion of a qualified drug rehabilitation program. The program must meet federal guidelines and include two unannounced drug tests. The student must pass both drug tests. It is the student’s responsibility to report and provide proof of the successful completion of any rehabilitation programs.
The student can also regain eligibility if the convictions are reversed or removed from the student’s record.
FAFSA Drug Conviction Question
Question 23 on the FAFSA form asks if the student has ever been convicted of a drug related offense. Failure to answer this question will automatically disqualify the student from receiving Federal aid. Falsely answering this question, if discovered, could result in fines up to $20,000, imprisonment, or both. A student who answers this question in the positive must fill out the worksheet found at the following link and follow the instructions provided: http://ifap.ed.gov/eannouncements/attachments/011311DrugWorksheetENAttach.pdf
For detailed steps on how to apply for financial aid, click here - http://www.fgcu.edu/AS/FinancialAid/how-to-apply-for-aid.html
Note – Eligibility requirements may vary depending on each financial aid program.