Suspension of Financial Aid Eligibility at Dickinson

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Conviction

A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any Title IV Federal grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after these specified intervals:

  • If a student is convicted of an offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, ineligibility period is: 
  1. First offense - 1 year
  2. Second offense - 2 years 
  3. Third offense - Indefinite 
  • If a student is convicted of an offense involving the sale of a controlled substance, ineligibility period is:
  1. First offense - 2 years
  2. Second offense - Indefinite

Rehabilitation

A student whose eligibility has been suspended may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if: 
  1. the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria established by the Secretary of Education and includes two unannounced drug tests;
  2. the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with criteria established by the Secretary of Education; or
  3. the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory. 

The term ‘‘controlled substance’’ has the meaning given the term in section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802(6)) and includes marijuana. 

Title IV Federal Aid includes:  Federal Work Study, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Academic Competitive Grants, Federal SMART Grants, Robert C Byrd Scholarships and Federal Perkins Loans.


Student Financial Aid Handbook