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Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Question 23 of the FAFSA asks: Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving
federal student aid (such as grants, loans or work-study)?

Do not leave this question blank. Answer "No" if you have never received federal student aid.

However, if you have a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, or work-study) answer "yes." If you are completing a paper FAFSA, you will receive a worksheet in the mail with your SAR. You can use the worksheet to determine whether the conviction affects your eligibility for federal student aid.

STUDENT AID ELIGIBILITY WORKSHEET FOR QUESTION 23

If you file on the Web and answer "yes" to this question, you will need to complete some screening questions.

If you have a conviction for a drug offense (you were found guilty), you should still complete and submit the FAFSA because even if you are ineligible for federal student aid, you might still be eligible for state or institutional aid. Many states and schools use the data supplied by the FAFSA to determine students' eligibility for aid from those non-federal entities.