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Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Conviction

Generally, if you have been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid, you will be ineligible for a period of time based on the type and number of convictions. If you answer "Yes" to having a conviction, it is very important that you complete and submit the FAFSA to determine your eligibility.

  • If you are submitting a paper FAFSA, you will be mailed a worksheet to assist you in determining whether your conviction affects your eligibility for federal student aid.
  • If you are applying using FAFSA on the Web, please refer to the following Studentaid.gov site during your online session.
  • If you need assistance or have any questions on how to answer this question, call 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) for help from the Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Even if you're ineligible for federal student aid because of a drug conviction, you should still complete the FAFSA because most schools and states use FAFSA information to award nonfederal aid.