As part of the Higher Education Act, a student may become ineligible for federal student aid upon conviction of any offense involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs during a period of enrollment in which federal aid was received (including all grants, loans, or work assistance). The following table outlines the policy on financial aid eligibility.
The possession of a controlled substance - Ineligibility period:
First offense - 1 year
Second offense - 2 years
Third offense - Indefinite
The sale of a controlled substance - Ineligibility period:
First offense - 2 years
Second offense - Indefinite
A student whose eligibility has been suspended may regain eligibility for federal student funds by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program. The program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and be recognized as a Federal, State, or local government agency program. The student will regain eligibility on the date of successfully completing the program.