Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention
Federal Student Aid (FSA) Eligibility
Federal Regulations require that we notify our students that a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for federal student aid. Convictions count if they were:
- for an offense that occurred for periods while enrolled and
- if during that enrollment period the student was receiving federal financial aid such as federal loans, Pell, ACG, SMART, SEOG grants, or federal work study.
Period of ineligibility for FSA funds for the possession of illegal drugs:
- 1st offense - 1 year from date of conviction
- 2nd offense - 2 years from date of conviction
- 3+ offenses - indefinite period
Period of ineligibility for FSA funds for the sale of illegal drugs:
- 1st offense - 2 years from date of conviction
- 2nd offense - indefinite period
A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs. If convicted of both possessing and selling, the longer period of ineligibility applies.
A student regains eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility or when a qualified drug rehabilitation program is successfully completed. A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
- Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
- Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
- Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
- Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.
For more information about eligibility for federal aid please visit the student aid website. Information on the school’s Substance Abuse prevention program is available in the school catalog and the school policy on Substance Abuse (RCHC Policy # 216) is available from the Registrar’s office. The policy is also located in the Student Handbook for enrolled students.