You Might Lose Your Student Loans or Scholarship From Drug Use



Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans or work-study) or a scholarship?


If yes, then you run the risk of losing your federal student aid or scholarship. Students convicted of drug crimes—possessing or selling illegal drugs—while receiving federal student aid could lose their grants, loans, and/or work-study, or scholarship. 

As part of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, students convicted of a drug offense have to complete an eligibility worksheet that will determine if they are eligible, partially eligible, or ineligible for student aid.

It’s just one question that can have a big impact on your future if you’ve been convicted of a drug crime.

Students may be able to regain eligibility for student aid after a waiting period or by successfully completing a drug rehabilitation program. 

Your eligibility for federal student aid can also be affected by incarceration and/or the type of conviction you have.  If you have been incarcerated for a drug-related offense, your eligibility may be limited.

Find more information about student aid eligibility.

You Might Not Qualify For or Lose Your College Scholarship

All schools have different rules and regulations about scholarship requirements. Some schools are more rigid about past and current drug use than others. You may want to check the requirements of the college you are interested in.

Some schools may not allow you to even apply for scholarships if you have a criminal conviction for a drug offense. Others have rules for getting caught committing drug offenses while on a scholarship. 

Don’t risk your chances of going to the school of your choice, or losing your scholarship.