Loss of Student Eligibility for Federal Aid due to Drug Conviction

Dawson Community College Notice to all Students

Loss of Student Eligibility for Federal Aid due to Drug Conviction
The Higher Education Amendments of 1998 include a new student eligibility provision.  It provides that a student is ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment in which federal student aid was received.  Federal aid can be grants, student loans, and/or college work study. The period of ineligibility begins on the date of the conviction and lasts until the end of a statutorily specified period. The student may regain eligibility early by completing a drug rehabilitation program or if the conviction is overturned.

If convicted of an offense involving possession of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is:
First Offense — 1 year
Second Offense — 2 years
Third Offense — Indefinite

If convicted of an offense involving the sale of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is:
First Offense — 2 years
Second Offense — Indefinite