Federal or state drug convictions can disqualify a student from Federal and College of St. Joseph financial aid.

For students convicted of possession or sale (including conspiracy to sell) of illegal drugs where the offense occurred while the student was receiving federal student aid, the student will be ineligible for federal and College of St. Joseph financial aid as described below. Funds include, but not limited to, federal Pell and SEOG grants, federal student loans, federal work study, and institutional sources of aid.

Periods of Ineligibility For Financial Aid Funds

The table below illustrates the period of ineligibility for financial aid funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. (A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

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.

A conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record does not count, nor does one received when he/she was a juvenile, unless he/she was tried as an adult. The student self certifies when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Possession of illegal drugs

  • First Offense: Ineligible for one year from date of conviction
  • Second Offense: Ineligible for two years from date of conviction
  • Third Offense: Ineligible indefinitely from date of conviction

Sale of illegal drugs

  • First Offense: Ineligible for two years from date of conviction
  • Second Offense: Ineligible indefinitely from date of conviction

Regaining eligibility

To regain eligibility, a student must successfully complete a qualified drug rehabilitation program, pass two unannounced drug tests given by such program, or becomes eligible after the period of ineligibility ends.