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Notice of Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

IECC follows federal requirements by suspending federal student aid (FSA) eligibility for students who have been convicted for any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance, if the offense occurs while enrolled and receiving FSA.  This is applicable to Federal Pell Grants, Federal SEOG, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Work Study Assistance.

If convicted, period of ineligibility for FSA funds:

Possession of a Controlled Substance

 

Ineligibility Period

First Offense

1 year from date of conviction

Second Offense

2 years from date of conviction

Third Offense

Indefinite

Sale of a Controlled Substance
Ineligibility Period

First Offense

2 years from date of conviction

Second Offense

Indefinite

 

A student whose eligibility has been suspended due to a drug conviction may resume eligibility (before the end of the ineligibility period) by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing 2 unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program.  Eligibility may also be resumed if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

Under U.S. Department of Education guidelines, if a student is convicted of a drug offense after receiving federal aid, s/he must notify the Financial Aid Department immediately and will be required to pay back all aid received after the date of conviction. 

Students who have a conviction(s) for these offenses should answer “Yes” to Question 23 on the FAFSA.  A follow-up worksheet will help determine how the conviction might affect aid eligibility.  For additional guidance, see a Financial Aid Officer at the college or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243.

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