University of Holy Cross

Drug Convictions Can Impact Your Federal Financial Aid Eligibility.

Your eligibility for federal student aid funds might be suspended if the offense occurred while you were receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, or work-study). When you complete the FAFSA, you will be asked whether you had a drug conviction for an offense that occurred while you were receiving federal student aid. If the answer is yes, you will be provided a worksheet to help you determine whether your conviction affects your eligibility for federal student aid.

If your eligibility for federal student aid has been suspended due to a drug conviction, you can regain eligibility early by successfully completing an approved drug rehabilitation program or by passing two unannounced drug tests administered by an approved drug rehabilitation program. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Locator lists treatment programs that receive Federal funds. Programs on this list are approved, provided they offer two unannounced drug tests.

If you regain eligibility during the award year, notify the financial aid office immediately so you can apply for aid that you may be eligible to receive.

If you are convicted of a drug-related offense after you submit the FAFSA, you might lose eligibility for federal student aid, and you might be liable for returning any financial aid you received during a period of ineligibility. Find more information on this topic in a fact sheet called "FAFSA Facts for Students with Drug-related Convictions."

For additional information on university penalties, check the Student Handbook.  Our Lady of Holy Cross College will impose sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct (consistent with local, state and federal law)

For examples of state and local penalties here in Louisiana for violating local drug and alcohol laws, go to:

Need Help?
The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Greater New Orleans (“CADA”) is a non-profit community health agency, founded in 1960, that provides substance abuse prevention, education, referral and assessment services in both English and Spanish, for youth and adults in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany parishes.  Check CADA’s website for a list of local treatment options.


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