Drug Conviction

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Title IV funds.

Convictions only count against a student for aid eligibility purposes if the convictions were for
an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. The convictions do not count if the offense was not during such a period, unless the student was denied federal benefits for drug trafficking by a federal or state judge. If the conviction was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record, it does not count. Convictions received when student was a juvenile do not count unless the student was tried as an adult.

The chart below shows the period of ineligibility for Title IV for drug convictions.

Possession of illegal drugs Sale Of Illegal drugs
1st offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense 2 years form date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ offenses Indefinite period

The student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student has successfully completed a qualified drug rehabilitation program or passes two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again.

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain if after successfully completing a rehabilitation program, passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. Nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility.

It is the student’s responsibility to certify that he/she has successfully completed the rehabilitation program.