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Students, Financial Aid and Drugs Offenses


The 2008 Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act is a federal law which governs financial aid eligibility to students. A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student from receiving federal financial aid. Loss of federal financial aid may also make a student ineligible for aid from the State of California.

For a first offense of possession of illegal drugs, the student would be ineligible for financial aid for a period of one year. A second offense, two years, and indefinite eligibility for a third offense.

For a conviction involving the sale of drugs, a first offense would lead to a two year ineligibility period. A second offense would result in indefinite ineligibility.

The above regulations do not appear to include a conviction fordriving under the influence of illegal drugs.

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