Drug Convictions and Eligibility
Beginning with the 2021-2022 award year, having a drug conviction will no longer impact a student’s federal financial aid eligibility. However, students who are awarded State aid are still required to certify annually, prior to the disbursement of funds, that they have not been convicted of a felony or crime involving a controlled substance.
The content below is referencing the policy prior to Fall 2021.
A student who is convicted of a drug offense while receiving Title IV funds will no longer be eligible for federal aid. This include grants such as Pell and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, it also includes Federal Work-Study and loans such as Direct Loans, PLUS and Grad PLUS.