Student Loans Consequences

Most college applications ask you for your criminal history and take it into consideration when deciding whether to admit you. Drug crimes trigger loss of financial aid (but Youthful Offender cases do not).

Drug Crimes

If you are receiving any federal grant, loan or work assistance when you are convicted of any offense involving possession or sale of drugs, you automatically lose your financial aid for a period of time starting on the date of the conviction. You are eligible to apply for financial aid again as follows:

Drug Possession:

  • 1 conviction, 1 year
  • 2 convictions, 2 years
  • 3 or more convictions and you can't get financial aid

Drug Sale:

  • 1 conviction, 2 years
  • 2 or more convictions, you can't get financial aid
  • The period of time that you are suspended from getting financial aid can be shortened if you complete an OASAS certified drug rehab program and pass 2 unannounced drug tests.

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