Impact of Drug Conviction on Title IV Eligibility

Please be advised that under federal law, a recipient of Title IV financial aid who is convicted for possession and/or sale of illegal drugs while enrolled as a student at GW Law will be ineligible for further Title IV funds for a fixed period of time, as indicated below.



Possession of Illegal Drugs


Sale of Illegal Drugs

1st Offense 


1 Year from the Date of Conviction


2 Years from the Date of Conviction


2nd Offense


2 Years from the Date of Conviction


Indefinite Period

3rd or More Offense


Indefinite Period


Indefinite Period

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

A student regains 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 the Federal Student Aid Student Eligibility Handbook (page 1-15 and 1-16) or contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID

You may also view the George Washington University Policy on the impact of drug conviction on Title IV eligibility.

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