By law, some students
who have drug-related convictions under any federal or state law may
be ineligible for federal student aid.
According to the law, if you are convicted of a drug-related offense you may fact these restrictions:
Do all drug convictions
No, do not count any conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from your record. Also, do not count any conviction that occurred before you turned 18, unless you were prosecuted as an adult.
Alcohol and tobacco are not illegal drugs under this law.
If I have drug convictions,
should I still apply for student aid?
Yes, even if you have drug convictions, you should completed and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You may be eligible, depending on the date and number of convictions.
Even if you are ineligible for federal student aid, you should complete and submit your FAFSA. Many states and schools use information from the FAFSA, and you may still be eligible for scholarships or other types of aid from other programs. There is a way that you can regain eligibility for the federal programs no matter how many or what type of drug convictions you have. You must successfully complete an acceptable drug rehabilitation program that meets the standards set by Congress and the Department of Education, and you will regain eligibility on the date you complete the program.
How do I answer question
35 on the FAFSA?
Question 35 on the FAFSA asks about drug convictions. Do not leave this question blank. If you answer "YES" you can call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or go to www.fafsa.ed.gov if you need help filling out the worksheet after you receive it in the mail.
What is an acceptable drug rehabilitation program?
How can I get more
If you still have questions about the law, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243). Your personal information is confidential, and you will remain anonymous.
If you want to find out if a drug rehabilitation program meets the described standards, you need to contact the rehabilitation program.