Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

Drugs, Narcotics, and Alcohol

Felbry College School of Nursing prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs or narcotics and alcohol on campus property. A student who does not abide by this regulation is subject to disciplinary action without warning. Such action may be in the form of probation, suspension, or dismissal. The student may also be subject to prosecution under federal, state, and local laws. Felbry personnel are asked to report suspected violators to the administration. The college maintains a directory of agencies and support groups where students with drug and alcohol problems can seek help.

Additionally, during required new student orientation sessions, every student will be issued a hand-out of the college’s drug, narcotics, and alcohol policy and of the consequences (see below) to their Title IV financial aid eligibility for violating that policy. This information will also be distributed to all other students on an annual basis.

Title IV Consequences for Illegal Drug Possession or Sale Convictions

Students should be aware that they are subject to losing eligibility to receive Federal Title IV Funds (Pell Grant and Direct Loans) for conviction of an offense involving possession or sale of illegal drugs. Below is a chart indicating the loss of Title IV aid for student offenses involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs.

A federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Title IV funds. Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV aid. The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for Title IV funds.

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