A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid – they do not count if the offense was not during such a period. Also, any conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when the student was a juvenile unless he or she was tried as an adult.
The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (Convictions for conspiring to sell drugs count as convictions for sale of drugs.)