A student’s experiences in high school and college are times of discovery. Students often test the limits of the rules of their school and society at large. A drug possession charge (anything from marijuana to cocaine, opioids, and other prescription drugs) can have repercussions way beyond the criminal offense for that student.

Drug charges can affect student aid

College is already a huge financial burden. A drug charge can increase that burden by making the student ineligible for many student government loans. Here are some of the ways that a drug offense can affect student aid:

  • The first conviction for a drug offense can result in one year of ineligibility for student loans.
  • If a student’s conviction comes before filling out their FAFSA form, they may be considered ineligible for student aid.
  • If the student already submitted their FAFSA form at the time of their charge, they might not be eligible for federal student aid. This student might be liable for repaying any financial assistance provided while they were deemed ineligible.
  • While a student is in a state or federal institution, they cannot receive a Federal Pell Grant or a federal student loan.

A brighter future for your child

Aside from student loan disqualifications, a drug charge can lead to school disciplinary measures, loss of scholarships, blocked admission to graduate school, and future job prospects. You don’t want your child’s future limited by one stupid mistake. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can guide you through this important process and work for your child’s future.