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Drug Conviction Policy

Students Convicted of Possession or Sale of Drugs

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Title IV aid funds. A conviction will only disqualify a student for funding if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. Also convictions that are reversed, set aside, or removed from a student's record do not count, nor does any conviction received while the student was a juvenile, unless they were tried as an adult. If you have been convicted of selling or possessing illegal drugs as previously described, you cannot be awarded Title IV aid.

Periods of ineligibility for Title IV funding depend on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses:

Convicted of Possession of Illegal Drugs:

  • 1st offense: One year from date of conviction
  • 2nd offense: Two years from date of conviction
  • 3rd or more offenses: Indefinite period

Convicted of Sale of Illegal Drugs:

  • 1st offense: Two years from the date of conviction
  • 2nd or more offenses: Indefinite period

In accordance with federal regulations regarding the administration of Title IV funds, the Financial Aid Office notifies every enrolled student of the consequences a drug conviction can have on eligibility for federal student aid each academic year. If a student becomes ineligible for Title IV aid due to a drug conviction, the Financial Aid Office will also notify that student of the loss of eligibility and explain methods by which the student may regain eligibility for aid.

Regaining Eligibility After Receiving a Drug Conviction

A student regains eligibility for Title IV aid the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when he/she successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passes two unannounced drug tests administered by such a program. It is the student's responsibility to certify that he/she has successfully completed a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passed the required drugs tests. Student's may submit documentation to the Financial Aid Office if they feel they have met the requirements to regain eligibility for Title IV aid.

Standards for a Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.