Who to contact Email Address Phone Number
Susan Stephenson-Director of Financial Aid susan.stephenson@ewc.wy.edu 307.532.8325

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance. More information on penalties for drug violations can be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses.

*(A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.)

Possession of illegal drugs  Sale of illegal drugs
1st offense 1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction
2nd offense 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
3+ offenses Indefinite period Indefinite period

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:

  1. the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that:
    1. complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; and
    2. includes two unannounced drug tests;
  2. the student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; or
  3. the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory.

See also: Federal Student Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

  • If you are convicted of a drug offense while enrolled at EWC and receiving financial aid, you must notify the Financial Aid Office. If your parent participates in the Federal PLUS program and is convicted of a drug offense during an academic year in which he/she has borrowed the PLUS on your behalf, you or your parent must notify the Financial Aid Office.
  • If you are incarcerated or become incarcerated while you are in attendance at EWC and receiving financial aid, you must notify the Financial Aid Office. If your parent participates in the Federal PLUS program and is incarcerated or becomes incarcerated during an academic year in which he/she has borrowed the PLUS on your behalf, your parent must notify the Financial Aid Office.

To determine whether a conviction affects your eligibility to receive federal aid, preview the drug eligibility worksheet here: Student Aid Eligibility Worksheet.

 


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