I received grants like Jonathan said when I forst got out. Any drug offenders are not eligible. After I started making too much money, I was not eligible, but I would also suggest looking at the school you go to. There are grants and scholarships for people who apply. I received a $5,000 last semester from one of George Mason's scholraships awards...many of these awards are not claimed or applied for...believe me, I have received a ton of money, and it has worked out okay.
Actually you may still qualify for pell grant even with a drug conviction. Do a search for fafsa question 23 worksheet. If you answer yes or leave question 23 blank they will send you the work sheet. Basically
Question 1 have you ever received federal aid? If the answer is no you still qualify, if the answer is yes, go to question 2
Question 2 Have you been convicted or possessing or selling illegal drugs? Answer no, you still qualify, answer yes, go to question 3
Question 3 Did the offense occur while you were enrolled in school and receiving grants/work study? Answer no, you qualify answer yes go to question 4
Question 4 Have you completed an acceptable drug rehab since the conviction? Answer yes, you qualify, answer no go to question 5
Question 5 Do you have more than 2 drug convictions? (only count convictions that happened while receiving grant money) If that answer is yes, you can enroll in a rehab program and apply the next year.
Anyway you get the picture.
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It looks like you still are eligible from what someone posted so long as you weren't in school when you got the drug charge. I'm gonna have to tell J about this cause he was looking at going to school when he got out for a trade. This might be helpful!
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