Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Related Offenses

The Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA), requires postsecondary institutions participating in federal student aid programs to disclose certain information to students. In accordance with those requirements, Hawkeye Community College is providing all students with information regarding the financial aid penalties for drug-related offenses.

If you have been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs and the offense occurred while you were receiving federal student aid, you will be ineligible for a period of time-based on the type and number of convictions.

  • When you complete the FAFSA form, you will be asked whether you had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid. If the answer is yes, you will be provided a worksheet to help you determine whether your conviction affects your eligibility for federal student aid.

  • If you are convicted of a drug-related offense after you submit the FAFSA form, you might lose eligibility for federal student aid, and you might be liable for returning any financial aid you received during a period of ineligibility.

If your eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended due to a drug conviction, you may regain eligibility early if:

  • The student satisfactorily completes an approved drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria outlined in the federal regulations and includes passing two unannounced drug tests; or
  • The student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by an approved drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria outlined in the federal regulations; or
  • The conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered invalid.

For more information on drug-related convictions and federal aid, see Federal Student Aid's article: Students with criminal convictions have limited eligibility for federal student aid.

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