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Do drug convictions affect financial aid eligibility?

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2022 | Drug Crimes

As an Alabama parent, you may try to instill certain values in your child before he or she heads off to college with the hope that doing so might help keep your college student out of trouble. Yet, for many, college proves to be a time of experimentation. Until recently, experimenting with drugs had the potential to make your child ineligible for federal financial aid. However, this recently changed.

Per Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, you have to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year you hope to utilize federal financial aid. On the FAFSA form is a question about drug convictions and whether you received any in the past while also receiving financial aid.

The old rules

Until recently, a drug conviction your child received while also a recipient of financial aid would make him or her ineligible for financial aid for a certain length of time. This held true for all types of drug convictions, including drug possession and drug sales offenses, among others. A college student convicted of such an offense while receiving federal financial aid would lose the ability to secure financial aid for a year, two years or indefinitely, depending on the situation.

The new rules

Now, your child may answer the FAFSA question about drug use without fearing becoming ineligible for financial aid by doing so. A drug violation no longer serves as a barrier to the use of financial aid.

While drug convictions no longer impact a college student’s ability to use financial aid, they may lead to other criminal or academic ramifications.