An unfortunate decision left you in police custody facing drug charges. Not only must you deal with a legal matter, but you may also have a financial hurdle to overcome as you continue earning a college education in Arizona.
The U.S. Department of Education explains how federal student aid works for applicants with drug convictions. Your encounter with law enforcement may not exempt you from financial aid entirely.
Federal student aid and incarceration
Incarcerated individuals who apply for federal student aid have limited eligibility. Those incarcerated in state or federal institutions cannot receive federal student loans or Federal Pell Grants. Those applicants qualify for Federal Work-Study and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants. Even then, they may not receive a grant or work-study spot because of the complications involved with completing a work-study assignment while incarcerated. Also, FSEO grant priority goes to students who receive Federal Pell Grants. Applicants incarcerated in anything other than a federal or state institution do not qualify for Pell Grants, federal student loans, FSEOGs or work-study assignments.
Federal student aid and probation and parole
Applicants on parole or probation may receive federal student aid if they live in a halfway house. Applicants who must comply with an involuntary civil commitment for a sexual offense may have limited eligibility.
Federal student aid and drug convictions
Applicants with drug convictions may qualify for student aid. FAFSA applicants must note if they received a drug conviction for offenses that happened while receiving aid. If so, they must complete a worksheet, but it does not affect eligibility.
Drug charges may send ripples through your life. When you understand the full effects of those ripples on your life plans, you know how to create a resiliency plan.