Policy - Impact of Drug Conviction on Title IV Eligibility

Under federal law, a recipient of Title IV student financial assistance (federal grants, loans, and work-study), who is convicted for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled as a student at GW, will be ineligible for further Title IV funds for a fixed period of time, as indicated below.

Ineligibility periods for Title IV funds for illegal drug convictions

OFFENSE

FIRST
OFFENSE

SECOND
OFFENSE

THREE OR MORE OFFENSES

Possession

1 year from conviction date

2 years from conviction date

Indefinite period

Sale

2 years from conviction date

Indefinite period

Students convicted of both possession and selling illegal drugs will have their periods of ineligibility extended, meaning the student will be ineligible for the longer period. A student may regain eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program. The student will lose eligibility again upon a subsequent drug conviction. For complete information, please see FAFSA web page at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID.