Despite your recent arrest for drug charges, you still plan on finishing college. How does your encounter with Wisconsin law enforcement affect your chances of securing financial aid?
U.S. News & World Report explains how students with drug charges may secure financing. Learn how to make higher education more affordable while navigating your case.
Pass drug tests
If you already lost your financial aid because of suspension, you may have a chance to earn it back. Talk to one of your school’s financial aid office representatives to see whether you may take unannounced drug tests to revoke your suspension.
Reverse your conviction
Depending on your case’s circumstances, you could qualify for a set aside, reversed or removed conviction. This could prove a valid option if you face indefinite financial aid disqualification.
Understand the details of your aid ineligibility
If you learn your drug charge disqualifies you from receiving financial aid, ask how long the status lasts. Usually, students convicted of drug possession for the first time face a year of aid ineligibility, but that increases to two years of ineligibility for a second conviction.
Look into alternate funding options
Depending on the extent of your charges, you could face a more severe financial aid punishment. If so, you could still meet the requirements for federal work-study and federal grants. Should you complete the FAFSA despite your ineligibility status, you may qualify for nonfederal financial aid.
You may not have to put your higher learning goals on hold because of your drug charge. Continuing to educate yourself outside the classroom may help you get back into the classroom.