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Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Students who have been convicted under federal or state law of possession or sale of controlled substances during periods of enrollment are subject to the loss of eligibility for Federal Financial Aid Programs. 

Students period of ineligibility begins on the date of the conviction. 

The period of ineligibility for students who are convicted of possession of a controlled substance is

  • 1 year for the first offense
  • 2 years for the second offense
  • an indefinite period for a third offense

The period of ineligibility for students who are convicted of sale of a controlled substance is

  • 2 years for the first offense
  • an indefinite period for a second offense

Students who have lost eligibility due to conviction of a drug-related offense may regain eligibility before the end of the period of ineligibility if the student completes an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two drug tests that are unannounced and administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program.

The FAFSA asks students to report if they have been convicted of such an offense and provides a worksheet to help students identify if they are eligible to receive financial aid as the result of the conviction. Students who answer yes to the FASFA question related to drug convictions should contact the SDSU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for assistance.