Conviction of Possessing or Selling Drugs

If your FAFSA has been flagged by the Department of Education because you indicated that you have been convicted of possessing or selling drugs, you may still be eligible to receive federal student aid.

In order to determine eligibility, you must complete the Student Aid Eligibility Drug Worksheet. Based upon the answers you provide the worksheet will guide you through the next steps you will need to take.

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the worksheet, please contact a Financial Aid Counselor.


The FAFSA Simplification Act (Title VII of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (, CAA) repeals the disclosure requirement for the Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations in 20 USC 1092(k) (, effective July 1, 2023 with the 2023-24 award year.

Although the U.S. Department of Education (ED has not yet authorized this repeal for early implementation, schools have been given the authority to update this notice to provide the following information:

  • ED has rescinded the student eligibility requirement and that the student no longer faces penalties or suspension of Title IV aid due to a drug conviction that occurred while the student was enrolled and receiving Title IV aid; and
  • While the information must still be provided, the loss of federal student aid for drug convictions no longer applies.


Article ID: 92687
Tue 11/19/19 10:24 AM
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