Granite State College: University System of New Hampshire

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Federal guidelines focus strongly on illicit drug use and distribution. The Higher Education Act states that a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal financial aid and make them no longer eligible to apply for their FAFSA. Federal financial aid includes:

Without a valid FAFSA for federal financial aid, students are also ineligible for State aid and most institutional aid programs.

Possession of Illegal Drugs

Sale of Illegal Drugs

Regaining Federal Student Aid Eligibility after a Drug Conviction

In accordance with an HEOA provision, a student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction is allowed to resume eligibility if the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a qualified drug rehabilitation program. A qualified drug rehabilitation program must satisfy at least one of the following: