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Can a drug conviction impact financial aid eligibility?

As a parent of a Texas college student, chances are, you instilled wisdom in your son or daughter before he or she left your home with the hope that your child will make smart choices without your direct guidance. For many young people, however, college is a time for experimentation, and that might mean using drugs or alcohol at parties or recreationally. In some cases, drug use can lead to serious consequences that come from both inside and out of the criminal justice system.

While your child may see his or her experimentation with drugs as little more than some innocent fun, authorities may feel otherwise, and if your child ends up facing a possible drug conviction, it could end up costing you considerable money. How? These days, according to U.S. News & World Report, drug convictions can make your college student ineligible for federal financial aid, leaving you to make up the difference if you want your child to continue his or her schooling.

Almost any type of drug conviction has the capacity to make your college student ineligible for financial aid, but the length of the ineligibility period he or she will face will vary based on certain details. The first is the severity of the drug crime, with those who face simple possession convictions typically experiencing shorter losses of financial aid eligibility than those convicted of, say, drug sales.

The second factor that will determine how long your student will become ineligible for financial aid is whether he or she already has drug-related convictions on his or her record. Repeat offenders typically lose financial aid for longer periods than first-time offenders.

This information is educational in nature and not a substitute for legal advice.

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