In accordance with the Higher Education Reconciliation Act of 2005, students who have been convicted under federal or state law for possession or sale of a controlled substance will be suspended from Title IV aid eligibility if the offense occurred while the student was receiving Title IV aid.
If a student is convicted for possession, the ineligibility period begins as of the date of the conviction and is:
- first offense = one year
- second offense = two years
- third offense = indefinite
If a student is convicted for sale of an illegal substance, the ineligibility period begins as of the date of the conviction and is:
- first offense = two years
- second offense = indefinite
A student may regain eligibility by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Department of Education. More information is available by calling the U.S. Department of Education at 1-800-433-3243.