Drug Related Convictions and Federal Student Aid

//Drug Related Convictions and Federal Student Aid
Drug Related Convictions and Federal Student Aid2018-08-20T08:49:01-04:00

The WCC Drug and Alcohol Policy and Prevention Program prohibits the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, sale, possession, and/or use of alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, banned substances, and/or illegal substances on college premises or as a part of any of its activities. Equally, being under the influence or intoxicated on alcohol, drugs, controlled substances, and/or illegal substances is prohibited on college premises or as part of any of its activities.  Violation of this policy may result in consequences such as, but not limited to, a counseling assessment, required treatment, probation, dismissal, suspension, or expulsion from the college.  In addition, the illegal use of drugs and alcohol constitutes a serious crime under federal, state, and local laws.  Convictions may result in imprisonment, fines, and/or mandatory community service.  More specific consequences are outlined in the “Legal Consequences” section of the college policy.

Federal regulations also require WCC to send a separate notice to inform students how drug-related offenses may impact your eligibility for receiving federal student financial aid, including Pell grants, work-study pay, and loans.  According to federal regulations, if you are convicted of a drug related offense while receiving aid, you will face the following restrictions:

  • For possession of illegal drugs, you will be ineligible for financial aid for one year for first offense, two years for second offense, and indefinitely for third offense from the date of conviction.
  • For sale of illegal drugs, you will be ineligible for two years for first offense and indefinitely for second offense from the date of conviction.

Question 23 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) asks about convictions for sale of illegal drugs while you were receiving federal student aid.  Per FAFSA instructions, you should answer “Yes” if you have ever been convicted for an offense while you were receiving federal student financial aid.  If you answer “Yes,” a worksheet will be provided for you to help determine if your conviction(s) affects your current eligibility.  If you provide a false answer to Question 23, your future financial aid eligibility may be affected.  If you have any uncertainty on how to answer Question 23 on the FAFSA, please contact the WCC Office of Financial Aid at 336-838-6144 or call 1-800-433-3243 for help.  Additional information regarding drug convictions and how federal aid eligibility may be affected is available on the Federal Student Aid website.

The college maintains a Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program for all students and employees.  Complete information can be found in the “Available Resources and Treatment” section of the Drug and Alcohol Policy.  You may also contact the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coordinator in Student Services at 336-838-6147.  If you have questions concerning Federal Student Aid regulations as they relate to drug-related offenses, please contact the Director of Financial Aid at 336-838-6139.

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