Financial Aid Policy for Drug Violations


Date: September 15, 2015

To: All St. Olaf Students

From: Financial Aid Office, Tomson Hall 120

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, requires that we notify all students of the following:

Students who are convicted of any offense under federal or state law involving the sale or possession of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment at a post-secondary institution while receiving Federal Student Aid funds (Federal Pell and SEOG, Federal Perkins, Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Plus and/or Federal Student Employment) are subject to the following periods of ineligibility for future federal aid:

Possession of an Illegal Substance Sale of an Illegal Substance
1st Offense One year from the date of conviction Two years from the date of conviction
2nd Offense Two years from the date of conviction Indefinite Period
3+ Offenses Indefinite Period Indefinite Period

If you are convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, you will be ineligible for the longer period.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for federal aid as a result of a drug conviction while receiving Federal Student Aid, please contact our office at or at (507)786-3019.