Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study funds, and/or loans)?

Have you been convicted for the possession or sale of illegal drugs for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study funds, and/or loans)?

This is question 23 on the paper Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form.

This question can’t be left blank.

Select “No” if

  • you’ve never received federal student aid;
  • you’ve never had a conviction for possessing or selling illegal drugs;
  • the conviction wasn’t a state or federal offense;
  • the conviction occurred before you were 18 years of age and you weren’t tried as an adult;
  • the conviction was removed from your record; or
  • the offense that led to your conviction didn’t occur during a period of enrollment for which you were receiving federal student aid (grants, work-study funds, or loans).

If you select “Yes,” you might still be eligible for federal student aid. Additional questions will display to help you determine your eligibility. Past convictions don’t automatically make you ineligible for student aid.

Even if you aren’t eligible for federal student aid, complete and submit your FAFSA form because you might be eligible for state or school financial aid.

For more information about drug-related convictions, call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243; TTY for the deaf or hard of hearing 1-800-730-8913).

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