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Old 05-08-2007, 06:12 PM
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Question College Financial Aid for felons with drug convictions

It is my understanding that Federal Financial Aid is not available to those who have been convicted of any drug related offense. I called the local community college today and was told that the conviction must be 5 years old in order to qualify. I am looking for alternative sources of funding for my boyfriend to continue his education upon his release. I know there are private student loans available but those are hard to qualify for. Anyone have any suggestions? I have been looking through scholarship opportunities but those are not guaranteed...
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Old 05-08-2007, 08:16 PM
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I don't know why you were told that. This is from the website for Federal Student Aid:

Count only federal or state convictions for the possession or sale of illegal drugs if the offense occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving federal student aid (grants, loans, and/or work-study). Do not count convictions that have been removed from the student's record. Do not count convictions that occurred before the student turned 18, unless he/she was tried as an adult.

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Old 05-08-2007, 10:04 PM
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That is what I thought also. I knew I had heard that was going to be what the rules were changed to but I couldn't find anything online. I called the financial aid office to verify it and the information I included previously is what I was given. Thank you, that is a big help!!
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:28 PM
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When I looked into this for someone else, I read to apply for everything, even if you think there might be a disqualification.

When you fill out the form for federal aid, I think you also apply for state at the same time.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:31 PM
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College financial aid offices receive a copy of the FAFSA when you submit it so that they can determine your state financial aid. Yes, it is a good idea to apply even if you think there might be a disqualification. In my experience, some financial aid people don't keep up with the changes or misinterpret the rules...
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Old 05-22-2007, 10:35 PM
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Here in California, there is a thing called the Bogg grant that pays the tuition.
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Hello everybody, I have just finished my high school and I would like to go to medical school. So I need more money for college. If I don’t find the money now, I may change my mind. Is there an easy way to understand government grant. And what is the best way to apply for the grant? I've tried researching it, but haven’t found anything. I have bad credit and low income. So can you provide any information?
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whats sad is the people with drug convictions who have tried to make "easy" money now want to try to do right and go to college on a clean living and can't get help with financial aid.........so hhmmm so why should they try to clean up their act?
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It is my understanding that Federal Financial Aid is not available to those who have been convicted of any drug related offense. I called the local community college today and was told that the conviction must be 5 years old in order to qualify. I am looking for alternative sources of funding for my boyfriend to continue his education upon his release. I know there are private student loans available but those are hard to qualify for. Anyone have any suggestions? I have been looking through scholarship opportunities but those are not guaranteed...
You have been misinformed. I had heard the same thing and thought that I would never be able to get an education after getting out of prison. You CAN receive federal financial aid if you have a felony. The only way that you cannot, is if you were receiving federal financial aid at the time of your conviction. I just finished my associates degree at a community college and am enrolled full time at a university now....all paid for by federal financial aid. Don't always believe everything you hear. If I did, I would have never been able to move on.
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