Drug Possession Charges and Student Loan Laws in New Hampshire

marijuana conviction

Another reason to avoid a marijuana conviction is the potential impact a drug conviction can have on your student loan eligibility under the Higher Education Act.  Under the law, a student who has been convicted of any offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance is not eligible to receive any grant, loan or work assistance during the period beginning on the conviction date.  The period of ineligibility lasts one year for a first possession offense, two years for a second offense and permanently for a third.

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.  If you are convicted of a drug offense after you submit your FAFSA form, you might lose eligibility for federal student aid, and may be liable for returning any financial aid you received during a period of ineligibility.


Call Attorneys Justin Shepherd and Mark Osborne if you are facing any type of drug charge. Our consultations are always free.

Our telephone number is: 603-595-5525

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